The Airbus scandal has been a matter of fairly intense political interest since initial allegations of influence-peddling were made against several parties, including former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Of legal note, however, has been a challenge mounted by another party implicated by the Department of Justice's investigation into the matter, which has recently been pronounced upon by the Supreme Court of Canada. The Court's judgment in Schreiber v. Canada (Attorney General) provides an interesting view of conflicting societal values: the Charter-guaranteed freedom from unreasonable search and seizure raised in opposition to the state's interest in efficient and unfettered means through which to combat crime with a transnational aspect. The Schreiber case is significant as an indicator both of the Court's evolving view of the limits of the application of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and of the Court's perception of the course being charted for Canada's participation in the fight against international crime. The court's decision more generally highlights some of the domestic implications of inter-state cooperation in the area of criminal law.
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Robert J Currie, "Schreiber v. Canada (A.G.)" (1999) 8 Dal J Leg Stud 207.