A question was asked of Google czar Matt Cutts asking if links on a page with rel=”canonical” on it can still pass link juice. Great question.
The question was answered by Matt basically stating that “yes” but it will depend on PageRank (what doesn’t and the higher the PageRank – the better the chance the links will count. So basically – it’s like any other link.
You can watch the video for yourself. And to save you looking it up as I had to, the word “orthogonal” is defined by Websters as:
“having a matrix that is orthogonal: preserving length and distance”
Now enjoy the video.