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CONfusion (on the Khadr ruling)

You’d think the Conservatives almost seemed unprepared for the Federal Court ruling yesterday ordering the Conservative government to press for the return of Omar Khadr as soon as possible from the US. Confusion seems to reign today, as different Conservative spokespersons and government ministers offer contradictory statements as to exactly what the government intends to do regarding an appeal or not.

If you check here, and here, you’ll see Foreign Minister Cannon’s spokesperson doesn’t seem to know exactly what’s going on. She changed her mind 3 times in 3 hours as to what exactly the government’s official position was – from “no decision has been made”, which seemed to contradict what her boss was saying in QP, to “the minister’s comments stood”, to then later saying the government was still trying to decide what to do.

To add to the confusion, the PMO gets in on the act:

During question period on Friday, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon told the House of Commons that the government will “probably appeal” Justice James O’Reilly’s ruling that Canada must “present a request to the United States for Mr. Khadr’s repatriation as soon as practicable.”…When CBC News contacted the PMO, a spokesperson said that nothing had changed since Thursday, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the government would be reviewing the ruling and considering an appeal

There’s quite a bit of discombobulation from this bunch today. I’m not really sure what exactly has got them off their messaging over this, because I’ve no doubt they will end up appealing it, and I’m sure they know that as well. Maybe they were stunned into a realization that the courts really may end up ruling against them on this, even on appeal, and aren’t exactly sure what to do about it (you can’t exactly accuse the judiciary of being “soft on terrorists” like you can the opposition politicians).

I think now would be an appropriate time to pull this graphic out to give you a pictorial description of the apparent reaction from the Conservative government that the federal courts believe human rights are important:

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3 comments to CONfusion (on the Khadr ruling)

  • Marie

    slg, How can Harper expect more votes on this issue when he keeps displaying himself as a control freak and useless.He has his Reform base supporters and even some of them are desserting the ship. What a moran this man is.

  • slg

    Seems with Harper – will he or won’t he, only his hairdresser knows for sure.

    He’s probably more concerned about votes than he is about what is right and wrong – leadership? Na.

  • They are going to lose, all the way. If they win at Federal Appeals (outside possibility), they will face the Supremes, where they will surely lose.

    There must be someone both smart and sane enough among Con advisers to tell them to pack it in now.

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