The National Post is also carrying two interesting letters today. The first is a joint effort by Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney-General and Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, Ottawa:
"...The Liberals have not only gone against a bill they drafted but against their own subcommittee members' recommendations to support the renewal of these important law enforcement tools. Mr. Dion is rejecting his own Cabinet decision and the advice of his own national security experts on the subcommittee, who thoroughly reviewed these provisions of the ATA.
This is not the time for the Liberals to be playing partisan politics with our national security."
The next letter is even more poignant, since it was written by Richard Braudo of Toronto, who says he has "acted as legal counsel for the Liberal party and worked as a volunteer in its campaigns in the past. But now, due to its unprincipled actions surrounding this legislation, the party no longer has my support."
"...Unfortunately, many judges are focused on a strict statutory interpretation of the Charter, failing to recognize that individual rights must be balanced with public safety. In the absence of such balancing, Charter-based decision-making -- which has a strong bias toward individual rights -- undoes the underlying fabric of Canadian society. Such an approach leads us toward anarchy.
And the opposition argument that the clauses at issue have never been used, and therefore are not needed, is nonsensical. It is especially absurd when at the same time the opposition claims that these clauses are abusive. These measures may be needed in the future. And the fact that they have not been used to date demonstrates that they have not been employed in an abusive manner, and can be fully expected not to be so used in the future..."
(So there goes that argument up in smoke, Red Tory).
As an Ontario resident, I can't believe that I am actually musing today that Canada would be better served with Bob Rae as the leader of the Liberal Party rather than Dion.
Perhaps Stephane should consider crossing the floor to the NDP. Then we could send both him and Jack on a one-way trip over to Afghanistan to initiate peace talks with the Taliban.
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Great post by Dr. Roy on the Air India connection.