Speaker to rule on whether government is in contempt of Parliament for redaction of Afghan detainee documents

A ruling by the Speaker of the House is expected later this week or early next week on whether Stephen Harper’s conservative government is in contempt of Parliament for failing to release unredacted versions of documents pertaining to the treatment of Afghan detainees.  Constitutional scholars are touting the upcoming ruling by the Speaker as historic.  Significantly, even a ruling finding the government in contempt would not lead to automatic release of the documents, but would trigger a process whereby a parliamentary committee looks at the issue and then the matter would go back to the House for a vote.  Read the story here.