The military is only effective if it operates as a team, Armed Forces
lawyers argue in their bid to re-open the case against a former soldier who refused an order to be vaccinated against anthrax.
"Canada's soldiers have the obligation to preserve Canada's free and democratic society against threats, both at home and abroad. No credible military can operate if each individual member can choose for themselves which risks they accept and which they do not," said military lawyer Maj. Glen Rippon.
"If a country cannot protect itself from terror, from perceived threat, it will not be a free and democratic society for long."
Ex-Sgt. Mike Kipling, a former air force flight engineer, was charged in 1998 with refusing an order to be vaccinated against anthrax while serving in the Middle East. At a lengthy preliminary hearing that ended last year, Kipling's lawyer, Jay Prober, argued the order was a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Judge Col. Guy Brais agreed, saying the vaccine was unsafe, and dismissed the charges.