February 12, 2015. Military Justice in Action, the bible on Canadian Military Law authored by the Honorable Mr. Justice (ret’d) Gilles Létourneau and Professor Michel Drapeau was launched during a ceremony presided by the Honorable Mr. Justice Guy Cournoyer of the Court Martial Appeal Court and the Quebec Superior Court and Chief Military Judge Mario Dutil. It was also attended by several Justices of the Federal Court of Appeal, the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Canada, military judges and approximately 60 other dignitaries and distinguished guests.
The book contains an avant-garde chapter addressed specifically to a broad audience of legislators, academia, legal practitioners, and judges as well as serving military personnel providing a cogent and convincing blueprint for the modernization of the Canadian military justice system.
Chapter 2, titled “Winds of Change”, urges the reader to consider the elimination of many of the existing differences between the military and civilian justice system which are no longer warranted or justified and which bring unfairness to military members. The chapter also suggests the enactment of specific far-sighted reforms to bring the military justice system more in line with traditional Canadian legal doctrine and principles and prevent it from falling further behind its NATO allies in the contemporization of this traditionally stagnant body of law.
Above all, the book illuminates the fact that military justice around the world, particularly in countries which whom we share a common legal heritage and similar values, is going through a period of forment by enacting major reforms and shrinking military justice jurisdictions in favor of increased civilian capacity.
Hopefully, the book’s clarion call for an independent full-scale systemic review of the Canadian military justice system will lead to a reevaluation and rejuvenation to ensure its harmony with the ordinary law of Canada.