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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

J.L. Granatstein on employment discrimination on religious grounds in the Canadian armed forces

Military historian J.L.Granatstein has published "The Problem of Religion in Canadian Forces Postings" in
the autumn 2010 issue of Canadian Military History ( Vol. 19 Issue 4). This short (7 page) article presents a charter challenge in historical context.

Here's the abstract:

The article presents a legal brief which was used in a Canadian court case in March 1998 wherein the plaintiff, Canadian Navy Lieutenant Andrew S. Liebmann, was dismissed from an appointed position during the Gulf War in 1991 due to the fact that he practiced the religion of Judaism. It examines the history of discriminatory practices in enlistment procedures for the Canadian Forces beginning with the First World War and describes how the screening of Liebmann for his religious and ethnic practices prior to peacekeeping mission in the Middle East were [sic] a violation of the rights provided by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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