The National Military Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association has said:
"that the limitations on freedom of expression imposed by articles 19.36 and 19.37 of the QR&O are excessive, unreasonable and draconian. The scope of the restriction in article 19.36 is so broad that, on its face, it prohibits a CF member from writing a history essay on a military subject for a university course."
- Submission on the Operation of Canadian Military Law - National Defence Act and Bill C-25 (June 2003)
Does anyone know if these QR&O have been amended since 2003?
And if so, what are the processes or channels in place, say for a Corporal to go through, if he lawfully and legally would like to speak with the CBC on camera. I know he cannot be barred from doing so, however, I also know that he/she cannot wear their uniform or use their rank, or for that matter even state that they had the permission in the first place. So in effect, how does a member legally approach the media without having the Chain of Command come down on them like a hammer.
The only reason I mention this, is it seems that there is no mechanism for any member to legally and lawfully approach the media with a concern.
Are they entitled to speak with PA without going through the months long wait of getting an approval from the chain of command?
I think we can cut down the illegal leaking if the CMP or CRS authorized members to legally speak to the media.