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Great idea for Parliament to take up.

This is an idea that the Toronto Star’s editorial board today put forth today to try and prevent the Canadian government from arbitrarily picking and choosing which Canadian citizen it wishes to help, by mandating they must help all Canadian citizens with equal vigor:

The Harper government has just a few weeks before Parliament resumes in mid-September to explain how a Canadian traveler could be treated so shabbily after seeking consular help. Absent a credible explanation, the Liberals and other opposition parties should use their majority in Parliament to force an inquiry. As well, they should press for legislation requiring Ottawa to go to bat for citizens who get into […]

That’s pretty rich, Mister Harper

He says he only became aware of the Suaad Hagi Mohamud case last week, after it’s been in the papers for a couple of months:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he’s happy Suaad Hagi Mohamud is back in Canada but admits he’s waiting for answers about her nightmare at the hands of Canadian officials. Harper suggested he became aware of the case only last week, even though her well-publicized plight of being stuck in Kenya had begun 11 weeks earlier. “When we became aware of the case last week, we asked our officials in various departments to give us some information,” Harper said at a news conference yesterday. “Obviously there […]

Miscellaneous political blog items..

First misc item: I saw this pop up from yet again another Liberal anonymous source – actually sources this time – about more election speculation and the Liberals supposedly bringing the Conservative down on a certain date in the autumn session. Not to be cynical or anything, but I’ll believe that when I actually see the entire Liberal caucus stand up and vote against the government on an issue. You can blame my cynicism on too many false starts on that front over the past couple of years.

Second misc. item: I still think Rick Barnes (and for that matter, other assorted NDP bloggers I managed to enrage) is out […]

1 part fundraising move, 1 part ideology = Harper’s stance on Omar Khadr (& other matters)

There’s a column in the Star today from Professor Errol Mendes, who teaches constitutional and international law at the University of Ottawa, on the background of the Omar Khadr case as it has wound through the Canadian courts. There is also an observation or 2 from Professor Mendes about Stephen Harper being offside with the court decisions, and he lists a reason about why he thinks Harper continues to oppose asking for repatriation, and why he potentially will appeal the latest 2-1 Federal Appeals Court ruling against him ordering him to ask for Omar Khadr’s repatriation to the Supreme Court of Canada:

The rulings by the Canadian Supreme Court in […]

Harper goes on his latest Arctic PR tour to show he’s really serious about arctic sovereignty.

Your latest attempt by Harper to show how “tough” he and the Conservatives are on the Arctic:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will arrive in Iqaluit on Monday as part of an Arctic trip that will include observing an anti-submarine warfare exercise. The prime minister will board the frigate HMCS Toronto on Wednesday to observe Operation Nanook, a military exercise intended to help demonstrate Canada’s sovereignty in the eastern Arctic near Baffin Island where Russian and American subs have long prowled.

Hopefully, the military folks will point out the distinct lack of ice and icebergs in the area caused by climate change (where Arctic ocean ice is melting toward another dangerously […]

How undemocratic of the New Democratic Party delegates (or some of ’em).

I don’t mean to beat a dead horse, but as a followup to my post of yesterday about how I felt the NDP delegates shot themselves in the foot by not even bringing the proposed name change discussion to a vote, we now have other delegates, including NDP MP Joe Cromartin when talking to the Toronto Star, accusing those opponents of the name change of an indirect filibuster so this motion wouldn’t even come up on the floor for discussion (read more). […]

NDP shoots itself in the foot over the handling of the name-change issue.

So apparently, the NDP Convention “ran out of time” to discuss the question of whether to change the NDP’s name to just the Democratic Party. It wasn’t prioritized as an important issue, and delegates declined to change the order of votes to make it higher priority. So, apparently, it goes off to some committee of the national leadership to consult about (in otherwards, they’ll try to bury it and forget about it).

I’ve had one NDP delegate/blogger, Tyler Kinch, try to argue with me on Facebook that the NDP “spent time debating policies that will bring jobs back to Canada” and prioritized that. Right, but did any of those issues/resolutions […]

Props to Toronto Star reporter John Goddard for his reporting on Suaad Hagi Mohamud

I don’t know what else can be said by me other then that upon reading his commentary in the Star today on his role in reporting on the Suaad Hagi Mohamud case (who is now finally back in Canada after being denied that she was a Canadian for 3 months), and helping to publicly embarrass the Canadian government into action on this case.

One section of his commentary though lists some questions – questions that will need to be answered:

One of the greatest mysteries of the case is how immune the Canadian High Commission proved to be against her natural charm and obvious integrity. When humanitarians from Ecoterra […]

See what happens when you attend a Progressive Blogger BBQ?

Just kidding.. but congratulations are in order:

Frank Valeriote named Liberal Critic for new Southern Ontario Development Agency; calls for Nortel review

OTTAWA – Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff today announced that Guelph MP Frank Valeriote will be taking on the role as Liberal Critic for the economic development agency for Southern Ontario.

All the best to Frank Valeriote in his new role, who by all accounts had a good time at the Progressive Blogger BBQ in Guelph as the host MP.

Canadian government may be sued by Canadian’s lawyer.

This is hardly surprising; we read this story in the Star this AM detailing how the Kenyan government has dropped charges against Suaad Hagi Mohamud -the Canadian falsely accused of being an imposter due to her lips not looking right, and we see this excerpt from her lawyer – he intends to take some governments to court:

Mohamud’s lawyer, Lucas Naikuni, said outside of court that he plans to sue the Canadian and Kenyan governments, along with KLM Airlines, whose officials stopped Mohamud from boarding a flight home May 21. He called it a “malicious prosecution.” “This is an embarrassment, that a developed country like Canada can do this to […]

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