Sunday, May 2, 2010

A Canadian perspective

Since Khadr is a Canadian and every other western country that had a man at Guantanamo eventually got around to asking for their man back what is up with Canada? For those Americans reading this who do not even know who the prime minister of Canada is let me give you this cliff note version: his name is Stephen Harper and he is a GW wannabe....and is doing a pretty good job of it at that.
A lot has happened across the boarder (including at least two trips to their Supreme Court) but none of it has resulted in Khadr being returned to his home. Click on the title to read one of the two Canadian blogs I regularly follow..the other is the galloping beaver (which has just the right element of humor and irony...)


skdadl said...

Hello, Candace. Once again, thank you for all you do, and it was wonderful to read you the other day at emptywheel's.

Our political problem here is partly that Harper is determined to see Khadr prosecuted. It's also easy for him to play on prejudices that were aroused in 2002, when the whole Khadr family were demonized, and overcoming those prejudices has been hard work.

The opposition parties now are united in pressing for Khadr's return; the courts have never agreed with Harper; and public opinion is at least split, maybe swinging in Khadr's favour. So we have to keep working.

But there is no way we can stop Harper short of an election. He hates the courts, hates Parliament, and thinks he's king. Wish us luck.

H. Candace Gorman said...

When I look at Harper and what is going on in Canada with Khadr I think of Australia and Hicks and of course the infamous John Howard who was also a bush wannabe...If the aussies can do it surely the canucks can?
I have confidence.
Best of luck.