Search

 

Cablegate: Canada: Ag Mukasey's Meeting with Minister Of

VZCZCXYZ0007
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHOT #0444/01 0912125
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 312125Z MAR 08
FM AMEMBASSY OTTAWA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7602
INFO RHMCSUU/FBI WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RHMFIUU/HQ USNORTHCOM PRIORITY
RUEAWJA/DEPT OF JUSTICE WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEABND/DEA HQS WASHDC PRIORITY
RULSJGA/USCG WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEAHLC/DEPT OF HOMELAND SECURITY WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEADRO/HQ ICE DRO WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUEAIAO/HQ ICE IAO WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUEAORC/US CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY

UNCLAS OTTAWA 000444

SIPDIS

SIPDIS
SENSITIVE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL KCRM PTER SNAR CA
SUBJECT: CANADA: AG MUKASEY'S MEETING WITH MINISTER OF
JUSTICE NICHOLSON AT THE CROSS BORDER CRIME FORUM, QUEBEC
CITY, MARCH 18, 2008

REF: A. OTTAWA 319
B. OTTAWA 360

1. (SBU) Summary: In a meeting with Attorney General Mukasey
on the margins of the Cross Border Crime Forum March 18
(septel), Canadian Justice Minister Nicholson said that with
its initial law and order agenda of strengthened gun laws,
changes to the special advocate system for non-citizen
terrorist suspects, and anti-terrorism legislation nearing
completion, Canada will move next further to strengthen its
drug laws and to improve work on cybercrime. He described
the Shiprider program as a "perfect fit," confirming that
Canada would make whatever legislative changes are necessary
to make it work. Both sides expressed interest in expediting
the MLAT process. End Summary.

2. (SBU) Attorney General Mukasey met with Justice Minister
Nicholson on the margins of the Cross Border Crime Forum in
Quebec City March 18. Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Wilson
and U.S. Ambassador to Canada Wilkins were also in
attendance. Nicholson described the very busy law and order
agenda of the Conservative government under Prime Minister
Stephen Harper, including recent changes to the criminal code
that require mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes and
restrict bail for accused gun offenders (ref a). He noted
that the government had also taken a number of initiatives to
make the border more secure. Nicholson underscored that PM
Harper came to power with a very strong law and order mandate
and intends to continue to push for safer streets and better
cross border security.

SECURITY CEFTIFICATES
---------------------

3. (SBU) Nicholson described the Special Advocate system (ref
b) that the government had revised in order to overcome a
Supreme Court ruling against Canada's long-standing Security
Certificate regime, under which non-citizens may be detained
and deported for terrorist ties or national security
violations. (Parliament passed this new legislation in
February 2008.) A pre-selected group of attorneys with
security clearances now serve as Special Advocates to review
the evidence against accused terrorists without compromising
sensitive information. He also explained that the law rules
out the use of evidence obtained through torture, especially
waterboarding.

STRONG SUPPORT FOR SHIPRIDER
----------------------------


4. (SBU) Nicholson said that the next steps on the
government's law and order agenda would include integrated
cross-border maritime law enforcement operations (ICBMLEO),
or "Shiprider," which he described as a "perfect fit" for the
future direction of U.S. - Canada law enforcement
cooperation. He said that Canada would make "whatever
legislation changes are required" to implement this program.
Canadian Ambassador Wilson pointed out that the minority
government must be extremely careful about such legislation,
which could be controversial because of heightened
sovereignty concerns; if the government makes one misstep, it
could fall on a confidence vote in the House of Commons.
However, Nicholson reiterated that the government has made
clear that it will be assertive on law and order, and PM
Harper has a good deal of political will - and public support
QHarper has a good deal of political will - and public support
- to do so.

NEXT STEPS ON LAW AND ORDER AGENDA
----------------------------------

5. (SBU) In addition to implementing the new Shiprider
program, the government will push for stronger drug laws,
with the message that, if people are growing, importing, or
selling illicit drugs, they will do "serious" jail time,
according to Nicholson. He expressed the conviction that
this is "the right message" for Canadians, and will be more
welcome than the decriminalization of marijuana that the
previous government sought. . Cybercrime, Nicholson added,
would also be on the legislative agenda for the coming
Parliamentary session, with a broad approach to internet


crimes and id theft. He said that much of what the
government was doing on internet crime is just to stay even
with criminals, who often have greater sophistication than
law enforcement. He noted that Canada has had good
cooperation with internet service providers, which usually
respond favorably to requests with a warrant. In response to
the AG raising a concern with Canada's inability to legally
preserve perishable electronic evidence, Nicholson admitted
that the process is often too slow to preserve evidence, but
said the government is working on improvements to the system
which will close this loophole. Nicholson cautioned that,
because of the government's minority status, such legislative
action could take time, noting that Parliament took two years
to pass the firearms law.

IMPROVING THE MLAT PROCESS
--------------------------

6. (SBU) Minister Nicholson and AG Mukasey also discussed the
Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) and extradition
process. The AG commented that, from his time as a judge, he
learned how slow the extradition process could be, and
wondered if there might be a way to shorten it or improve the
way we work on such cases. Nicholson said that his
department receives requests each week and acts on them
quickly. Nicholson also noted that the CBCF had a sub-group
working on the MLAT question, which had developed a CD with
essential documents and procedures for distribution to key
players. He expressed the hope that this would help by
ensuring all players have the essential information.

7. (U) This cable has been cleared by the AG's party.

Visit Canada,s Economy and Environment Forum at
http://www.intelink.gov/communities/state/can ada

WILKINS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>

ALSO:

Another US Court: Fourth Circuit Rules Muslim Ban Discriminatory

ACLU: Step by step, point by point, the court laid out what has been clear from the start: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United States, and his executive orders are an attempt to do just that. More>>

ALSO: