Apparently Peter Van Loan suggested to a committee two weeks ago that Michael Ignatieff supports torture. Asked about it today, Ignatieff rebuts.
“No agency of the federal government should have any truck, trade, traffic, engagement with any form of torture. The critical point for Canada is that we must never use information derived from sources where we believe torture has been applied and the critical point, and we’ve fallen foul of this once before in the Maher Arar issue, we must never send any person, let alone a Canadian national, to a country, in this case it was Syria, where we have reason to believe torture will be applied.”
“It’s a question of our position as a defender of human rights. But it’s also a question of simple prudence: what is extracted by torture is never reliable.”