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"Judicial Independence" in Canadian Extradition Law

The Canadian Extradition Act There is no "judicial independence" in Canadian extradition law.  Louise Arbour,  former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights , justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals , has been trying to educate the Canadian public on this basic fact in Canadian law. The Canadian Extradition Act is available online and is clear (and I encourage you to click the hyperlink), in Canada, extradition is, ultimately, the responsibility of the executive branch of government (meaning the politicians we elect) not the judiciary.  Despite the obvious letter of the law, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to stubbornly repeat the fallacy that " judicial independence " must be maintained in the Meng extradition trial. His use of the phrase "judicial independence" is proof that he has never looked at the Canadian Extradition Act .  Imagine: in a matter of minutes, anyone with an inter

When It Comes to China, Do Canadians Believe the Media?

The Media blitz Since I first published a post ( 10 Dec 2018) on Canada's arrest of the Huawei CFO, Meng Wanzhou, I have been baffled, awestruck and frustrated by the refusal of Canadian media to question the legitimacy of her arrest and extradition.  Since I began the process of my own modest online inquiries, I have noticed that the National Post , the newspaper founded by Conrad Black before he went to prison (he has since been pardoned by President Trump ), has published some of the most strident anti-China editorials.  Although, Black sold the paper to one-time Liberal Izzy Asper, in recent years " the Post has retained a conservative editorial stance ." What does "freedom of the press" mean? Obviously every newspaper in the "free" world is owned by somebody. Does it matter who owns a newspaper or a media company?  I don't know.  I've never worked for a newspaper.  I'm not particularly courageous or selfless, so I imagine that

The Panda and the Beaver

The Difference between pandas and beavers The panda and the beaver are very different animals.  The panda is big and black and white, eats bamboo and likes to sleep in the top of trees.  The beaver is small and brown, eats maple trees and lives inside a beaver damn.  Beavers and pandas don't have much to do with each other, except that eating maple trees is good for bamboo, and eating bamboo helps the growth of maple trees, so they got along.  Then one day the eagle told the beaver, those pandas have been helping the leopards, so you should grab that panda cub when she comes near your pond.  Beavers always do what the eagle tells them to, so they did.  They grabbed the panda cub and brought her underwater to their lodge.  The beavers treated the panda cub very nicely because beavers are nice.  When the pandas saw what the beavers had done they were very upset and they grabbed two beavers and brought them to the top of the trees.  Beavers don't like being high in the air--pan

Extradition from Canada to the USA: Why Meng's Chances of a Favourable Canadian Verdict Are Slim

Extradition by the numbers This Extradition Fact Sheet from a Government of Canada website provides statistics on Canada-to-the-USA extradition cases over a ten year period from 2008 to 2018.  As you can see, once a  case is before a Canadian judge (as Meng's is now) only 8 times ( total number of discharges/refusals in 10 years ) of 798 US extradition requests has the court ruled in favour of the individual resisting extradition--roughly 1% of the time. Fiscal Year Table note  * Total number of requests Arrests ATP’s Issued Order of Committals  Total number of discharges/ refusals Withdrawals Total number of people surrendered 2008-2009 97 84 67 40 0 1 61 2009-2010 118 65 63 30 1 3 49 2010-2011 132 71 58 16 1 6 61 2011-2012 117 93 72 31 0 2 81 2012-2013 101 95 66 34 3 6 65 2013-2014 53 49 43 34 1 7 58 2014-2015 47 53 38 29 1 5 52 2015-2016 44 34 30 29 0 2 41 2016-2017 40 35 32 21 1 6 49 2017-2018 49 47 38 23 0 2 35 TOTAL 798 626 507 287 8 40 552  A CBC News r

Canadian Politicians Were Caught Like Deer in the Headlights, but Why Are Canadian Journalists Censuring any Discussion of the Merits of Meng's Case?

"The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum."                                                                                        Noam Chomsky          HSBC, "the victim," doesn't want to prosecute After the G20 summit, President Trump let it be known that he is backtracking on the Huawei ban. Bloomberg and the  Financial Times  are reporting that  HSBC is telling Beijing "It Is Not to Blame for Huawei CFO Arrest."   Where does that leave us?  Let's see:  HSBC is, according to the  Grand Jury indictment , supposed to be the victim of Meng Wanzhou's alleged bank fraud.  The only evidence against Meng, according to the indictment, is a meeting she had with an HSBC executive and an accompanying Power Point presentation.  If the "plaintiff" and the "victim" are backing away from the case, the original warrant