Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Letters to the editor: Abdelrazik

The Harper government's contempt for the rule of law, still exposed on this file in a big way:
Canadian Abousfian Abdelrazik has been stranded in Sudan without a passport since 2003. Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon denied him a passport citing national security concerns. CSIS and the RCMP say that there is no evidence that Abdelrazik is a security threat, so security concerns may not be an issue.

If he is a threat, then Canada should contain him. If Abdelrazik is caught up in the paranoia after 9/11, his citizenship right to live in Canada must be respected. If there are reasonable suspicions, grant him a three-day passport to travel to Canada where we take responsibility for watching him.

A sovereign Canada must take responsibility for its own. We are abdicating responsibility for Abdelrazik to another country. The government of the day would rather abandon you than take responsibility for you.

Eugene Parks,
The ubiquitous citizen Parks strikes again on a very worthy issue.