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‘No reason to be any less vocal’


 

Adam Radwanski considers the curious case of Abousfian Abdelrazik.

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.

I’d say that actively blocking a Canadian citizen from re-entering the country, when there are no charges against him and he’s been publicly cleared by both CSIS and the RCMP, would suggest we’re failing that test mightily. Fear of backing up a “bad guy,” the words security officials used to whisper about Arar, shouldn’t lead the rest of us to stand meekly by.


 

‘No reason to be any less vocal’

  1. Does anyone know if a lawsiut is being considered to enable him to re-enter Canada?

    • I believe his lawyers are going to the Federal Court to argue that his constitutional rights as a Canadian citizen are being violated by the government refusing to allow him back into the country.

  2. Does this government have any respect at all for the rule of law or due process? Will there be anything left of our institutions by the time they are finished politicizing, undermining, overruling, interfering, and failing to uphold the laws and constitution they are sworn to uphold as ministers of the crown?

    • In a word, no.

  3. Once you turn the idea of citizenship into an easily acquired ticket to an unlimited banquet of free welfare for someone and their entire extended family – as opposed to being a right of residence based on birth or naturalization – then the government is going to get the idea that they own everyone who qualifies for and partakes in the banquet, and they’re going to feel free to jerk around with the terms and benefits of citizenship as much as they want. No surprises there. You took their money (or rather, you took the money that they took from someone else), now bend over and let them kick you in the pants.

    “Will there be anything left of our institutions by the time they are finished politicizing, undermining, overruling, interfering, and failing to uphold the laws and constitution they are sworn to uphold as ministers of the crown?”

    The laws and the constitution say that anything the legislature wants they get, and if that’s not enough then the constitution says that the people who control the legislature get to appoint the judges who have the last word on whether anything is legal or constitutional. So relax. When they are finished politicizing, undermining, etc. your fundamental human rights, you will be at mercy of the whims and interests of political clowns and stooges just as much as before.

    Maybe you’re thinking you can vote in a better class of stooges and clowns next time, who will act against their own self interest and protect your rights for a change? Errmm, probably not.

  4. and I’m scolded disdained and worse when I say Canada is no democracy as it is popularly expressed – believing your own PR is always the worst way ’round.

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