MacKay, Speaker of the House, Refugees, and protecting Canadians abroad

April 8, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

Peter MacKay Symbolizes The Dilemma For Canada’s Conservative Party:

“It looked for awhile this week that Peter MacKay may have found a way out of Harper’s political death spiral. Had MacKay been selected as the new head of NATO, he could have stepped out of Harper Inc. and kept his reputation intact and at arms length from the Conservative Party as it begins a trip to the dumpster of former Canadian governments.”

Speaker threatens to suspend MP:

The threat is part of a campaign by Speaker Peter Milliken to improve parliamentary decorum – a campaign at which the Tories have so far thumbed their noses.

Several week ago, Milliken told MPs he would no longer tolerate them using members’ statements, which precede question period each day, to engage in personal attacks.

While MPs from all parties are guilty of excessive partisanship from time to time, the Tories have for months systematically used members’ statements to lambaste Ignatieff and his predecessor, Stephane Dion.

Toronto women says she will be honour-killed if deported:

Roohi Tabassum, 44, says Faisal Javed, a businessman and Sunni community leader, will be waiting for her in their native Pakistan when she’s sent back on April 28. She has to report to officials at Pearson airport on that date for the trip.

Tabassum said she’s received written threats from Javed, who’s outraged she’s employed in a Mississauga beauty salon where she styles the hair of women and men.

She said he’s furious she touches the hair of men and is suspicious she may have a boyfriend, which she strongly denies.

“In three weeks I will be put to my death,” she said at her Mississauga home. “There will be bloodshed that will go on and on.”

How Badly Broken is Canada’s Refugee System?:

Our current system functions like a back door for would-be immigrants, when it ought to be a mechanism for offering the truly desperate and persecuted some temporary shelter until conditions improve in their home countries. Jason Kenney should forget about bashing the Canadian Arab Federation and “protecting” Canada from the likes of George Galloway

What Abdelrazik says about us:

Either we support civil liberties, or we don’t. It would be nice if we only had to defend people we already knew to be perfectly upstanding, law-abiding citizens, but those aren’t the people whose civil liberties need to be defended. It’s in the treatment of people about whom there are lingering doubts that a nation’s real respect for rights is tested.

Another Canadian, Omar Khadr, also seems to be getting no help at all from the Canadian government. He’s been held at Guantanamo Bay since 2002, accused of killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan. He was 15 when he entered the U.S. naval base; he’s now 22. From The Globe and Mail

[Khadr] is the last westerner left in the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered the closing of Guantanamo, but the Canadian government has refused to seek Mr. Khadr’s repatriation.

“Mr. Khadr’s defence will continue,” said Canadian lawyer Dennis Edney. “I think we’d also like to send a message to President Obama that notwithstanding our Prime Minister showing absolutely no interest in assisting Omar, we as Canadians are interested in bringing him home.”

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