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Department of Justice Canada

July 14, 2010 13:02 ET

Panel of Arbiters Named to Assist the Work of the Ad Hoc Committee of Parliamentarians Reviewing the Afghan Detainee Documents

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 14, 2010) - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced that three eminent jurists, the Honourable Claire L'Heureux-Dubé, C.C., G.O.Q., the Honourable Frank Iacobucci, C.C., Q.C., and the Honourable Donald I. Brenner, Q.C., will serve as the panel of arbiters for the Ad Hoc Committee of Parliamentarians reviewing the Afghan detainee documents. 

"These highly-respected legal experts will help to ensure that the work of the Ad Hoc Committee of Parliamentarians does not jeopardize Canada's national defence, international relations and national security," said Minister Nicholson. "I am confident all parties involved will proceed in good faith so that our men and women serving abroad will be able to perform their duties safely and effectively. This has been the Government's primary concern from day one."

The composition of the panel of arbiters was agreed to unanimously by the Government and two Opposition parties.

The Ad Hoc Committee of Parliamentarians was formed to respond to a ruling from the Speaker of the House indicating that parliamentarians should have access to documents related to the Afghan detainee issue, while respecting the Government's legitimate concerns about possible injury to Canada's national defence, international relations and national security. The Committee will continue to meet throughout the summer.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

The Honourable Claire L'Heureux-Dubé, C.C., G.O.Q., was appointed to the Superior Court of Quebec in February 1973. Madame L'Heureux-Dubé was elevated to the Quebec Court of Appeal in October 1979, and was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada, on April 15, 1987. She retired from the Court on July 1, 2002. Madame L'Heureux-Dubé was appointed Companion of the Order of Canada on May 8, 2003 and is a past President of the International Commission of Jurists. She is a member of several International legal associations and has published extensively in the areas of International law and human rights.

The Honourable Frank Iacobucci, C.C., Q.C., joined Torys LLP as Counsel in September 2004 after retiring as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. Prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court, Mr. Iacobucci had been Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Canada and Deputy Minister of Justice following a distinguished career in academia. From September 2004 to July 2005, he also served as Interim President of the University of Toronto. Mr. Iacobucci has received numerous awards, honours and other recognitions in Canada, the United States, England and Italy. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada.

The Honourable Donald I. Brenner, Q.C. was a judge of the British Columbia Supreme Court for eight years and then its Chief Justice for nine years, before joining the legal firm Farris, Vaughan, Wills and Murphy, in September, 2009, as Senior Counsel. Prior to joining the B.C. Supreme Court in 1992, Mr. Brenner had a distinguished career as a practising lawyer who specialized in the fields of aviation, professional indemnity, and products liability law.

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