Saturday, October 23, 2010

Do Canadians Know?

Couldn't help notice that Hillary Clinton contacted Lawrence Cannon to discuss the status of Omar Khadr. Presumably this is about Canada taking him back at some point after a plea deal is struck. If the plea deal falls through and Canada does not repatriate Omar at some point then in all likelihood the kangaroo court military tribunal put together for the express purpose of finding him guilty will do just that and Khadr will receive the equivalent of a death sentence -- 50 years to life in an American prison.

 Stephen Harper and the Conservatives will then be responsible for completely destroying the life of someone who was taken off the battlefield at the age of 15. I've said this repeatedly, there is no more malleable creature than a 15 year old boy and there is an acknowledgement of this by the UN which is why there are laws that forbid the prosecution of child soldiers, as well as programs that exist for their rehabilitation. Canada contributes money to those same programs. Also, sadly, looking at the evidence that's been presented he probably did not do what he is accused of (scroll down to the sub-heading that says Firefight) -- which near as I can discern would be defending himself while under attack.

In some actual good news, a ruling on the case that involved Globe and Mail reporter Daniel Leblanc and his attempt to protect a key source, Canada's Supreme Court said that journalists have the right to protect their sources. It wasn't a blanket ruling however and means such issues in the future will still be judged on a case by case basis. So journalists and their sources are not immune from scrutiny but there is a right to freedom of the press and expression when it's in the public's interest to know. Unless the revelation of the source is essential to resolving the case, journalists do have the right to protect their sources. So for Daniel Leblanc it feels like victory as he heads back to the Quebec courts better armed with this ruling.

I got a kick out of reading Gerald Caplan's opinion piece over at the Globe entitled, 'If Stephen Harper’s an economist, I’m the Queen of Sheba.'  He does a better job than any members of the various opposition parties in Parliament of making the case that the Tories are not to be trusted on anything including their much vaunted claim to being more fiscally trustworthy than the opposition. To regular readers of the Canadian blogosphere (or even my blog) there's not much new here but he does a great job of putting it all together and making it of a piece.

Iggy? Are you there? Do you read the Globe and Mail?

Another example of everyone being better at making the case against Harper and his policies than members of the opposition comes from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives last week when they released a report on those jets that Harper wants to spend $16 billion dollars of Canadian taxpayers money on. Making the case that the jets don't improve response time to unpredictable events like the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and since there is little likelihood of Canada launching expeditionary operations without our allies -- even then our contributions would not be essential -- we should be looking at other alternatives. This is not only wasteful spending but there are no guarantees that any of the money spent on servicing these aircraft will go to Canada's aerospace industry. Again, nothing that's new to the political junkies and hippies of Canada's blogosphere but do Canadians know?

And if they don't, whose fault is that?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Regarding Omar Khadr, I do believe the Harper gob will absolutely not agree at all to have him imprisoned here for 7 years, no way/nohow. That would give his lawyers way too much time to do legal stuff *wink* to get him out even earlier! They want him convicted at the K trial.

$16 billion dollars of Canadian taxpayers money on F-35 jets has just gone up! The Brits are backing down/out/whatever, they did want 138 of the stealths, now they only want 40, which raises the price for Canadian taxpayers.

Apparently the Brits have another agenda, one that allies themselves to France (in case of war). So the entire project has Lockheed freaking over their shares price and the Pentagon freaking over their plans, ha-ha.

Toe

karl knox said...

Toe

Sadly I can't disagree with your assessment on what the harperites will do - haven't seen the other story but will look it up - Thanks for dropping by

please e-mail me at oldpunk@cjlo.com

karl

Beijing York said...

Harper is a piece of shit and will do anything to see young Khadr rot in prison for eternity. He knows Khadr has no rights in the US but he would have plenty of rights plus the courts on his side if he were transferred to Canada.

Canadians should be ashamed of themselves for buying the governments (both Libs and Cons) and media lies and not standing up for him.

karl knox said...

Right on all counts Beijing - you said it more colourfully than me but I'm in absolute agreement