Canada's Department of Justice has been chided for suspending a lawyer who raised concerns about new crime and immigration legislation.
Lawyer Edgar Schmidt was suspended without pay after challenging the department in court, claiming the department knows that new laws could be found to contravene the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The Globe and Mail had the exclusive on Wednesday morning, with details about Schmidt's suspension, coming after he claimed that mandatory minimum sentence legislation, and immigration and refugee laws, was likely to result in legal challenges.
The Department of Justice said Schmidt was suspended for violating his duties as a public defender. Schmidt says he is a whistleblower.
Federal Court judge Simon Noël criticized the Department of Justice on Tuesday for the suspension.
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