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Minister pledges to reveal risks in some legislation

Thursday, June 16, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has committed to disclosing the constitutional considerations underpinning at least some government bills — including the recently tabled transgender anti-discrimination bill (C-16).

Her pledge marks a significant departure from Ottawa’s longstanding practice of holding its Charter cards close to its chest — especially on constitutionally questionable legislation — but accords with the Liberals’ election promise to govern transparently and accountably.

The move should also offer lawyers, potential litigants, legislators and critics considerably more information to help them gauge the validity of...