It's Wednesday, April 6th.
Stephen Harper did not know the full extent of Bruce Carson's criminal record when he became one of the Prime Minister's top advisers.
Currently, in Harper's defence, no pictures of Carson posing with a Liberal leader showed up on his facebook page.
This is The Current.
Crime & Punishment - Justice Beverly McLachlin
The warning that Canada's justice system is under strain is coming from all directions. A number of Judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys all worry the system cannot meet the demands made of it. And tied up with that is the concern over how accessible justice is for ordinary Canadians. Beverly McLachlin is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. She has raising that concern for some time now as Chair of the Canadian Judicial Council. Madame Justice McLachlin was in Ottawa.
Crime & Punishment - Panel
The concerns Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin raised mostly involve access to justice in civil law... some say the problem is magnified when it comes to criminal law. James Chaffe is the President of the Canadian Association of Crown Council. And Heather McArthur is a defence lawyer and a Toronto Director with the Ontario Criminal Lawyers Association. They were both in Toronto.
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