What is the current state of the law in Canada with respect to transparency, accountability and funding?

Ontario, Canada


The following excerpt is from Ontario (Attorney General) v. Bogaerts, 2019 ONCA 876 (CanLII):

I have no doubt that it would be a good idea and sound public policy to make all law enforcement bodies subject to reasonable standards of transparency, accountability and adequate funding and that they be properly funded. But not all good ideas and sound public policies are constitutionally protected or mandated. Our task is not to decide what would be sound policy. We are charged with the more specific task of deciding what the Constitution requires: see Rodriguez v. British Columbia (Attorney General), 1993 CanLII 75 (SCC), [1993] 3 S.C.R. 519, at p. 590: “Principles of fundamental justice must not … be so broad as to be no more than vague generalizations about what society considers to be ethical or moral.”

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