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Ottawa says broad new immunity for CSIS crimes is Charter-compliant

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 6:07 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Ottawa says its move to give designated CSIS employees and their agents new immunities from prosecution for breaking the law in the line of duty is constitutional as it tracks a similar immunity legislated for police 15 years ago that has survived Charter attack.

Paul Cavalluzzo, Cavalluzzo ShiltonIn 2002, Parliament enacted a broad — and at the time controversial — statutory immunity regime protecting “public officers” (often undercover police or their informers) who engage in a broad range of illegal acts in good faith furtherance of...