Friday, April 24, 2009

Stop flip-flopping on Khadr and do the right thing

"Tories flip-flop on Khadr appeal." Ignominy awaits the Harper crowd who dither while history moves beyond them:
The Harper government seems to be having some trouble deciding whether it's appealing a court ruling on the Omar Khadr case.

The government now says it has not decided if it will appeal a Federal Court ruling that said it must ask the United States to send Khadr home. Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon told the House of Commons today that their would be an appeal.

But his spokeswoman quickly contradicted that, saying no decision had been made.

Within minutes, she backtracked, saying the minister's comments stood.

A short time later things changed again, with the spokeswoman saying the government is still considering what to do.
Wonder what they would have done if they'd been in power when the Berlin wall came down?

Update (3:35 p.m.): Cannon in responding during Question Period today, intermingled the question of the Khadr appeal with a reference to the death of trooper Karine Blais who was being laid to rest today. Here's the CP report which doesn't reference the Blais aspect but references the argument from Cannon:
Cannon told the Commons that recent news footage apparently showed Khadr assembling bombs of the kind that have killed a number of Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan over the years.
Khadr has nothing to do with any of this, of course, it's just an effort by the government, cornered as they are by the Federal Court, to once again inflame the situation by referencing fallen Canadian soldiers. Disgraceful.

Update (4:35 p.m.): Tonda MacCharles' report has further details on Cannon's efforts in the House of Commons and Bob Rae's response:
"What is Mr. Cannon doing? It's a classic McCarthyite tactic. And it is not the way we do, should be doing business or politics in Canada."

"No one's denying that the charges against Mr. Khadr are serious," said Rae. In French he added, "there is no one who doesn't share the emotion of the families' loss, for young Canadians who sacrificed their lives."