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Duty and taxes

By Justin Ling December 17, 2013 17 December 2013

Duty and taxes

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Random breathalyzer tests

By Justin Ling December 6, 2013 6 December 2013

It's that time of year again. As Canadians head to their office Christmas party and get a bit too full of the holiday cheer, one federal party is suggesting that police should have a more power to pull over festive motorists and test to see just how full of Christmas spirit they really are.

It's New Democratic backbench MP Tarik Brahmi who introduced legislation this time, with the goal of giving police the power to pull over drivers at random and subject them to a breathalyzer test.

The meat of C-556 reads that a peace officer may "require the person who is operating a motor vehicle or has the care or control of it, whether it was in motion or not, to provide forthwith a sample of breath."

As Brahmi told the House of Commons when he introduced the bill, "this law will save lives throughout Canada by giving our police an additional tool in the fight against drinking and driving."

As altruistic a sentiment as that may be, it is hardly a new one. Brahmi's idea has been declared a constitutional non-started by the Supreme Court time and time again.

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Lawful access: The comeback?

By Justin Ling December 5, 2013 5 December 2013

Lawful access: The comeback?

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Mandatory minimum. Struck down?

By Justin Ling November 28, 2013 28 November 2013

Mandatory minimum. Struck down?

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Senate suspensions and parliamentary privilege

By Justin Ling November 15, 2013 15 November 2013

Senate suspensions and parliamentary privilege

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