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Scott Reid is the Member of Parliament for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston. He was first elected in November 2000.

He has previously served as the Shadow Minister (or opposition critic) for Democratic Institutions (2015-2018), Deputy Opposition House Leader (2015-2016), and Deputy Government House Leader (2006-2015).

He also served as the chairman of the subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (2008-2015).

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Democratizing the Notwithstanding Clause

June 11, 2021

In a 1996 essay, “Penumbras for the People”, I advocated the adoption of a law that would permit Parliament to invoke Section 33 of the Charter of Rights (the so-called “Notwithstanding Clause“, which permits Parliament and the provincial legislatures to re-enact laws that have been struck down by the courts as being in violation of the Charter), only if its…

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On emergency law in Canada, generally & related to COVID-19

March 29, 2020

For a primer on emergency law in Canada, Dr. Craig Forcese and Leah West have made available THIS CHAPTER from their forthcoming book on national security law in Canada. Dr. Forcese, with assistance from Hannah Diegel, is also updating a repository of Canadian COVID-19 emergency orders, both at the federal and provincial levels, HERE. Earlier in the week, I…

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Some points on the federal Quarantine Act

March 27, 2020

As of March 25, 2020, anyone entering Canada is required by law to self-isolate & monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days. This order is made under the federal Quarantine Act. You can read the Act, plus debate and other related materials from the most recent substantial update of the Act in 2004-05, here: https://primarydocuments.ca/collection-quarantine-act-sc-2005/.   The…

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Some points on the federal Emergencies Act

March 27, 2020

It is worth familiarizing ourselves with the federal Emergencies Act, successor to the War Measures Act, since the federal government may engage its provisions due to COVID-19. Find the Act here, plus debate from when it was enacted: https://primarydocuments.ca/collection-emergencies-act-1988/. Invoking the Emergencies Act allows the federal government to drastically curtail our civil liberties. Parliament would have a crucial oversight…

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Why I am in the House today

March 24, 2020

UPDATE AT 1:24pm, March 24, 2020: If you read my essay below, I make it clear that my objections are completely procedural. I have no objection to the relief measures bill passing today as long as the government provides it to MPs with enough time to read and understand it. The reason the House of Commons is suspended right…

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Scott Reid is the Member of Parliament for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston. He was first elected in November 2000.

He has previously served as the Shadow Minister (or opposition critic) for Democratic Institutions (2015-2018), Deputy Opposition House Leader (2015-2016), and Deputy Government House Leader (2006-2015).

He also served as the chairman of the subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (2008-2015).

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