9.26.2008

michaelle jean wanted to bring omar khadr home

From Impolitical: Michaelle Jean sought the repatriation of Omar Khadr from Guantanamo Bay.
A report in La Presse today that the Governor General asked Harper to seek the repatriation of Omar Khadr from Guantanamo Bay. Apparently this happened after the videotapes of Khadr being interrogated were released.

Further, Jean consulted with legal advisors prior to consulting Harper. In response to her request, Harper, it is reported, stated that his caucus and the base of his party would never accept it. Which, if all this is being reported accurately, would just confirm that such significant decisions made by Mr. Harper are not taken in the interests of the Canadian nation nor having regard to the relevant legal considerations that are involved.

What Mr. Harper apparently disclosed to Jean about his decision making calculus were purely partisan considerations that would properly be irrelevant when making a decision about our foreign policy and more importantly, about the fate of a Canadian citizen. It's a very damning disclosure about the Prime Minister.

Many thanks to Impolitical (and Progressive Bloggers); I would have missed this.

3 comments:

skdadl said...

Much as I believe that story, La Presse is using unnamed sources, and we need Harper in words on this topic, which we are simply not getting.

The PMO have a stonewalling mantra they recite about Khadr's being accused of serious crimes and a legal process underway, and that is all they will say, even when challenged with all those court decisions about the illegality of Guantanamo, etc. When La Presse called them to verify the scoop, that's the mantra they heard back.

Somebody needs to pin Harper down on this subject, but I don't know who can or how.

L-girl said...

Somebody needs to pin Harper down on this subject, but I don't know who can or how.

Right. Me neither. But we could all write in to the debate. It's worth a shot.

question@electiondebate08.ca

Angel said...

We need to write to our MPPs in our respective areas with a copy to Harper. Also perhaps the Queen.