Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Updating the Brenda Martin spin-cycle

There is just no end to the complexities of the Brenda Martin story, and half the problem is trying to sort out the fact from the fiction.

Last night on CTV's The National they played up some breaking news about having gained access to some kind of bank records showing Brenda Martin's 'investment' and a sum of nearly that amount refunded back to her afterwards by Alyn Waage.

I have to ask myself, so what?

Waage has allegedly declared that Brenda wouldn't be released until a bribe was paid, but Orville at Dust My Broom has confirmation that Brenda denies this.

Charles Rusnell reports that Martin supporters say that Mexico could simply expel Martin, but the CTV story said no - that the Mexican authorities say it's too late for that.

So where does the truth lie?


Claire Hoy probably has the best take on this to date:
...But there comes a point - at least for me - where the constant carping and the serial whining about your plight changes from legitimate concerns to an annoying sense of absolute entitlement.

Let's look at the reality here. The main reason her case has dragged on for two years is because she has complicated it, turning it into a constitutional matter before the Mexican courts. That takes time there just as it would here.

And while there is much screaming in Ottawa - where the Liberals, wouldn't you know, are trying to blame the government for Martin's plight - the fact is that a two-year wait for a trial is not unusual in Canada, either. Indeed, two years is considered rather swift in legal circles, particularly when it involves serious and/or complicated matters.

Yet we as Canadians, or at least many of us - along with most of the media - have recently adopted the position that if a Canadian is in jail outside the country there's automatically an injustice being done - to the Canadian.



Meanwhile, MP Rick Norlock gives us his side of the story, saying that it may be a matter of only weeks rather than months before this is resolved. So progress is being made - just not fast enough for Brenda or the opposition parties.

I sincerely hope that once Brenda Martin is back on Canadian soil that she shows some kind of gratitude for the efforts being made on her behalf.

And I look forward to hearing the true story someday.

13 comments:

Soccermom said...

Brenda Martin will likely find some way to sue the Canadian Gov't for her mistreatment in Mexico.

OMMAG said...

"I sincerely hope that once Brenda Martin is back on Canadian soil that she shows some kind of gratitude for the efforts being made on her behalf."

I think you are being MORE than generous to B Martin.

Your call of course but I'm sure that you have heard the expression about what walks like a duck and talks like a duck !!

Fay said...

I agree with Soccermom. After listening to crying and begging and bashing, there is no doubt in my mind that Brenda Martin will be sueing Canada for mental anguish suffered. I hope that I am proved wrong for the sake of taxpayers.

Jim said...

Everytime I hear a comment from her, I see the image of evacuees from Lebanon pissing and moaning because their ship wasn't air conditioned.

Hector B. said...

I only have a little sympathy for Brenda Martin. I understand that she had been living in Mexico for 10 years, working for part of that. Questions: was she legally entitled to work in Mexico, did she have the proper work permits, did she pay her taxes on the income she received as a cook for a convicted felon? I suspect not, indicating she chose to flout Mexican laws. Now that she's in trouble, she expects we Canadians with our tax dollars and crappy weather to bail her out.

Anonymous said...

Her Lawyer and supporters keep telling us the Mexican authorities have no evidence against her.
Yet they don't want to let her case proceed to trial and keep fighting it on some vague constitutional grounds - and they lost the first challenge ( which means continued delay and her sitting in jail).
If there is no case (evidence) against her, as they contend, go to trial and win the case - that would make sense to me and should to McTeague and crew - and anybody with common sense and wants to see the case resolved as soon as possible.
If people want to try and score political points and Martin wants to play into this then don't look for sympathy from me.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Questions: was she legally entitled to work in Mexico, did she have the proper work permits,

From what I understand, she had no legal work permit.


BTW, a reader sent me this update, which will likely stick in the craw of anyone not entirely sympathetic to Martin's cause.

Bakerman said...

Along with all the other smoke and mirrors being shuffled about regarding Ms Martin, there is all the horror and outrage about her being held without charge and the judge writing the verdict before there has even been a trial. Good grief - it's called Napoleonic Law. You're guilty until proven innocent. The judge writes the sentence in advance of a conviction, but it hinges on the conviction. If you are proven innocent the sentence is moot and you are free. That's how it works in Mexico. May seem a bit reversed, but that's how it is. This is no different for Ms Martin than all the other people in jail awaiting trial in Mexico. At least that's how I understand Napoleonic Law.

Greg said...

'And I look forward to hearing the true story someday.'

Don't hold your breath, we would miss you after you expired from lack of oxygen.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

This is no different for Ms Martin than all the other people in jail awaiting trial in Mexico. At least that's how I understand Napoleonic Law.

Thanks for that Bakerman. I was wondering how that worked.



Don't hold your breath, we would miss you after you expired from lack of oxygen.


Ha! More than likely she'll sell the rights for a Movie of the week, and we'll never really know whether or not we've been duped.

Anonymous said...

Maybe she is one of Dion's proposed star candidates to run for the next election and that is why they need her back in canada ASAP. Cheers. SOR

Anonymous said...

Gee Joanne, maybe you hit the nail on the head. This is all just a big sham so she can sell a feeble story later on.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Gee Joanne, maybe you hit the nail on the head.

Ha. I actually think SOR just did - The next star Liberal candidate. And a woman at that.