The Liberals are trying to use this story as a political hammer, but it has been blown all out of proportion - especially by Dan McTeague.
It's become increasingly difficult to extricate the truth in all of this baseless rhetoric, but my sense is that Canadians are becoming less sympathetic as the story unfolds.
McTeague charges that "the federal government is dragging its feet, preventing Brenda Martin's quick handover to Canadian authorities."
Yet, the Gazette reports that it's actually the terms of the international treaty regarding prisoner transfers that is holding things up.
The Canadian Government is actually taking the unusual step of lending Brenda her get-out-of-jail fine, which makes me wonder what happened to her legion of strong supporters?
Yesterday's Post contained several letters from readers about this debacle, but this one says it best (excerpt):
My wife and I are non-resident Canadians who have made Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, our home in retirement. We have, therefore, been following the Brenda Martin case with much interest.
While it is impossible not to feel sympathetic toward a woman in such distress, I suspect that at least some her troubles were of her own making. And we understand that the Mexican legal system is much less predictable and transparent than Canada's.
No Canadian should feel unduly at risk living or vacationing in Mexico. However, in the event of finding yourself tangled up with the legal system, do not expect special treatment; do not denigrate the Mexican legal system; and do not get angry with individual Mexicans. Show contriteness, politeness and patience -- and, if the issue is sufficiently serious, get legal assistance via the nearest Canadian consular office...
Brenda Martin, along with her gang of outspoken supporters and the complicit media and Liberals may be their own worst enemies.