Queen's University

Contempt of Parliament

2010-05-06

Queen’s University political studies professor Ned Franks is available to discuss the upcoming ruling by House Speaker Peter Milliken on whether the Conservative government is in contempt of Parliament. A decision will be made tomorrow or next week.

The charges stem over the refusal of the government to table documents related to detainees being tortured in Afghanistan. Professor Franks feels it will help to set the ground rules governing the conflict between Parliament’s right to demand information from the government and the government’s right to keep information confidential because of issues of national security.

“This is not a black and white issue,” says Professor Franks. “It has come up before, and will come up again. Both sides should be able to find a satisfactory middle road, but from the way that both opposition and government are behaving on this issue, they do not appear to want to compromise their rigid and opposing views. Canadians deserve better from their politicians and Parliament.”

Professor Franks taught at Queen's for over 35 years and is an expert in Canadian politics. He has written or edited 13 books, including Parliament and Security Matters and Dissent and the State.

To arrange an interview, please contact Michael Onesi at 613-533-6000 ext. 77513, michael.onesi@queensu.ca, or Jeff Drake at 613-533-2877 jeff.drake@queensu.ca at News and Media Services, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

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