A view of the Parliament building in Ottawa
Speaker of the House Peter Milliken gave the Conservative minority government and opposition parties two weeks' time to resolve the impasse. Otherwise, Milliken said he would return with a decision to hold the government in contempt of Parliament, which may provoke snap elections.
The Commons passed a motion in December ordering the government to produce uncensored documents it was believed might contain evidence that Canada transferred prisoners to Afghan custody knowing they may be tortured, in violation of Canadian and international law.
But Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Tory government refused to comply with the order, citing national security concerns, and instead produced tens of thousands of heavily redacted pages.
Opposition parties applauded Milliken's pronouncement, while Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said outside the House afterwards that the government would seek a workable solution. ...
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