From the day I started to study this issue, and determine how I would vote, I came down on the side of freedom. Strikes me that the greatest blow possible to those who hate our value system and our democratic liberties is to protect and maintain them. So the vote to let lapse strong police powers which have never been used, and which were adopted in the panicked months following Nine Eleven, was an easy one. I voted to set them aside.That's a great line to sum up this debate.
To say this is being soft on terror is bizarre. To demonize the Liberals and the NDP and the Bloc – in fact, the majority of MPs in the Canadian Parliament – for standing up for individual rights is to completely misunderstand the issue. Stephen Harper has spun this for one reason only, and that is politics. This is a wedge issue which he has used to portray the Liberal leader as weak and indecisive. Mr. Harper knows the existence of these two clauses will not matter in any battle against terrorism, He knows his statement that the Air India inquiry will not be effective without them is a lie. He knows the majority of MPs in the House of Commons are not, as he says, anti-police.
But he also knows that the emotional, devastated and sympathetic victims of terrible terrorist crimes are compelling. He knows politics. He knows exactly where this strategy will fit into his election campaign. And he knows the damage he wants done to his enemies.
Yes, it was a divisive day. But the right decision was made in Ottawa. Freedom beat fear. (emphasis added)
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
About that anti-terror vote
I think Garth Turner sums it up quite well: