Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away (emphasis tail-waggingly added):
"There are those in the opposition who will say, 'You know, China is an important country, so we shouldn't really protest these things … so maybe someday we'll be able to sell more goods there,'" said Harper, who was in Halifax to speak the annual general meeting of Nova Scotia's Progressive Conservative party.
"I think that's irresponsible. I think the government of Canada, when a Canadian citizen is ill-treated and when the rights of a Canadian citizen need to be defended, I think it's always the obligation of the government of Canada to vocally and publicly stand up for that Canadian citizen.
"That is what we will continue to do."
Harper was referring to the case of Huseyin Celil, a Canadian activist jailed in China for alleged terrorist links.
And today? Ehhh ... not so much:
A Canadian woman languishing in a Mexican jail for two years and apparently facing a conviction on money-laundering charges even though her lawyer has not filed a defence vowed Thursday to take her own life on the same day if she is convicted.
Brenda Martin, 51, of Trenton, Ont., has been in jail in Guadalajara since Feb. 17, 2006. Mexican authorities allege she was part of a $60-million pyramid investment scheme that scammed about 15,000 people in dozens of countries...
The Internet-based scheme that resulted in Martin's arrest was run by her former boss Alyn Waage, formerly of Edmonton, who was convicted in 2005 and is serving a 10-year sentence in an American prison.
Waage has backed Martin's assertions of innocence...
Ottawa has sent a diplomatic protest note to Mexico. Norlock said Harper was considering the best way to help Martin, but worried about meddling in Mexico's justice system.
If I were you, Brenda, I'd make myself comfortable. I don't think Stephen's in any rush to do you any favours. Besides, there's an all-you-can-eat special at Red Lobster today so he's got other plans.
BY THE WAY, Brenda, I also wouldn't be holding my breath for that overwhelming groundswell of support from Canada's compassionate conservatives, if you catch my drift. And I think you do.