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Not so lesser evils

Chief justice warns against anti-terror excess


 

When it comes to Canada’s anti-terror regime, the country’s most senior judge is calling on lawmakers, judges and citizens to “heed the big picture,” the Ottawa Citizen reports. In a speech before an Ottawa women’s club, Beverley McLachlin cautioned that “the fear and anger that terrorism produces may cause leaders to make war on targets that may or may not be connected with the terrorist incident”—and that, she says, could lead governments to “curtail civil liberties and seek recourse in tactics they might otherwise deplore … that may not, in the clearer light of retrospect, be necessary or defensible.”

Ottawa Citizen


 
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  1. Hmm.. a veiled reference to the upcoming Omar Khadr appeal case, perhaps?

  2. It's a good point, and in light of Keegstra she's in a good position to make it.

    As a society we are going to have to come to terms, and soon, with the dichotomy between the nanny state and fundamental rights. The state can't protect people from all evils/consequences while maintaining liberty. The two are not compatible.

    • You are right they are not compatible – but unfortunately Canadians want all the possible protection of the state, but absolute freedom to do anything they want, even it if puts them in harm's way (oh like returning to the country you fled from and then expecting the Canadian government to solve all your problems that you encounter there). Personal responsibility is a concept that disappeared many decades ago.

      • It hasn't disappeared – it's just in the minority. It's only a matter of time before it reemerges.

  3. How much are all these terror investigations in the U.S., Canada and Europe costing by the way? Remember, when discussing open immigration, it’s very PC to talk about benefits, not too PC to talk about costs. We are constantly assured that our immigration policies are designed to bring us the best and brightest and there might be some brilliant people coming over, I’m sure there are—but the economic damage, even from unsuccessful would-be terrorists is very real and must be discussed. When you admit thousands and thousands of people year after year, you are sure to have
    some terrorists among them and you are condemning your fellow citizens to be their future victims.