Removal of Keen from CNSC: Commentary on Federal Court decision

On April 7, 2009 the Federal Court issued a decision reaffirming the federal government’s right to terminate without cause the head of a technical safety-oriented regulatory agency. The court decision and the surrounding facts illustrate a fundamental barrier to the independence of quasi judicial regulatory bodies where the key decision makers hold tenure at the pleasure of the government of the day.

PDF link notes on Federal Court decision against Keen.

Post Script (added December 31, 2012 am): Here is Rick Mercer’s impressive and painfully funny review of events leading to Keen’s dismissal.



  1. So in other words, he was booted because of the ruling body’s political agenda, and illustrates that independant regulatory bodies must submit to goverment’s collective agendas or they will boot you without cause, right?

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