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Afghan records deadline

2010-05-25

Queen’s Politics professor Kathy Brock is available to discuss today’s Afghan detainee records deadline, and what may happen if Members of Parliament ask for an extension or if the documents are in fact turned over.

“If he feels that the parties are negotiating in good faith, then the Speaker is likely to extend the deadline rather than be over-restrictive in his ruling,” says Professor Brock. “However, he might chide the parties and encourage them to reach a resolution more quickly. He may also inquire into the nature of the impasse and advise on the release of materials, which seems to be the sticking point. If the government is correct in anticipating 40,000 documents, then extra time may be needed to determine a procedure for processing the documents that is acceptable to all parties. This amount of material could cause the parties some consternation and raise questions about the government’s motives. The parties will be able to assess that once they begin looking through the material. However, this may be a bigger undertaking than they anticipated and use up a lot of time and resources.”

Professor Brock has published numerous books, academic articles and reports on voluntary organizations, citizen engagement, Canadian politics, federalism and Aboriginal issues. Her current research focuses on Canadian intergovernmental relations, State-Voluntary-Private Sector relations in Canada, and comparative Canada-US Aboriginal governance.

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