The Constitutional Context and Ramifications of the Afghan Detainee Scandal

June 4, 2010

Masrour Zoghi

On Jan 30, 1649, Charles I was beheaded because of a dispute over the supremacy of the Parliament vs the powers of the Crown. Now that we have a similar dispute going on because of the Afghan detainee documents in the House of Commons in Ottawa, the question is if there is an inescapable need for another head to roll or are there any constitutional tools at our disposal to wrest powers away from the Prime Minister and democratize governance in Canada. The answer, according to at least one constitutional expert, is that there is indeed a non-violent way out of this mess, although it requires us, the public, to demand it.