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Sunmedia columnist calls for the Canadian government to request Omar Khadr be sent home.

You know the Conservative government is getting forced into a corner when the most conservative and right-wing of the media in Canada have columnists on its editorial page today calling on the Conservatives to respect the Federal Court order and advocate for Khadr’s return to Canada, regardless of whether the government and other Canadians dislike Omar Khadr or his family. After recounting the serious charges against Khadr, and the historical dislike a lot of Canadians have against the Khadr family, the editorial urges nevertheless that “Harper should accede to this order without delay“:

Why should any of us lift a finger then, to help this young man, now 22? We […]

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 […]

Federal Court Judge rules Government of Canada violated Omar Khadr’s rights; must press for repatriation.

This is BIG news that has just broke:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has an obligation to immediately demand the repatriation of Omar Khadr from Guantanamo Bay because his failure to do so offends fundamental justice, a Federal Court judge ruled Thursday. In a strong judgment, Judge Walter O’Reilly said Harper’s refusal to get involved violated Canada’s Charter of Rights. “The ongoing refusal of Canada to request Mr. Khadr’s repatriation to Canada offends a principle of fundamental justice and violates Mr. Khadr’s rights,” Judge O’Reilly said in his 43-page decision. “To mitigate the effect of that violation, Canada must present a request to the United States for Mr. Khadr’s repatriation as […]

Not getting the bang for their buck

We’ve found out from the normally Conservative-friendly Canadian Taxpayers Federation that the Conservatives have been spending a ton of money in Western Canada:

An exhaustive Access to Information search by the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation found that the Tories have funded everything from flagpoles to school murals. It’s all been handled under the Western Economic Diversification fund, which has paid out more than $440 million across the four western provinces since the Conservatives came to power in January 2006.

Is that a big surprise? Not particularly; that is their base of power, so it makes sense that they would try and reward the region. If they are trying to use this […]

A good question

In light of another article on CanWest’s time running out for the sinking media company to pay its creditors, I saw a good question asked by Rob Maguire at Facebook: Does anyone see the downside to letting Canwest fail?

The obvious one, as Rob says over there, would be job losses. Anything else?

The Liberals National Director Rocco Rossi chats with Scott’s Diatribes.

Rocco Rossi, the recently appointed National Director of the Liberal Party, agreed to have a little question-and answer session with me – mostly to do with the upcoming Liberal Convention. He also wasn’t afraid to express his views on the One Member, One Vote constitutional proposal that has garnered quite a bit of attention of late. […]

Conservative public relations stunt on killing long gun registry revealed.

Gee, what a big surprise; the move to introduce a bill in the Senate to kill the long gun registry a month ago is now more or less conceded to have been nothing more then an attempt to throw red meat to the Conservatives discontented base of voters. I really love the title of the article over at CTV: Tory plan to kill gun registry appears to be lost cause:

Despite introducing an unusual Senate bill to great fanfare earlier this month, an official in the office of government Senate Leader Marjorie LeBreton says there’s no timetable for a vote on Bill S-5 in the Liberal-dominated upper chamber. And Liberals […]

Grasping at straws.

Hmm.. if this is indeed the “not a leader” trial balloon for the incoming Michael Ignatieff attack ads, I’d have thought they would have found better material then Ignatieff commenting 14 years ago on the Quebec referendum.

Of course, it also could be just a Conservative supporter who posted it on Youtube that Bourque saw and liked and decided to give publicity.

Monday internal Liberal politicking on OMOV.

The Young Liberals of Canada successfully got the Liberal Executive to overturn the changes in the voting order for amendments and sub-amendments at the upcoming Liberal Convention. It was first mentioned over at Fresh Meat, and which Dan remarked about briefly. The gist of it is that the YLC’s sub-amendment asking for a 25% quota be included in any weighted One-Member-One-Vote voting system for picking new leadership of the Liberal Party will be voted on first, and then after being approved or voted down, the OMOV amendment measure then gets voted on. I’ve done some poking around to find out why the sudden reversal back to the original way of […]

Possible Detente/thaw

This is a pretty cool picture (not all conservatives will think so, but hey, I’m not one of them):

As is the followup:

Chavez, a leftist standard-bearer for anti-U.S. sentiment in Latin America, shook hands with Obama late on Friday in a signal of improved relations between his OPEC nation and its largest oil client, the United States. He expelled the U.S. ambassador to Caracas last year in a dispute over ally Bolivia. Asked on Saturday whether ties would improve with Obama in the White House, Chavez told Venezuelan state television: “I don’t have the slightest doubt.” “We’ve begun talking with Obama and I think we’ve got off to […]

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