Monday, November 05, 2007

Well, it didn't take long to loosen THOSE standards.

Gosh, it seemed like Canada's Cons had a fairly explicit standard for when they were going to abandon Canadian citizens to the legal system of other countries (emphasis tail-waggingly added):

"We will not actively pursue bringing back to Canada murderers who have been tried in a democratic country that supports the rule of law," [Public Safety Minister Stockwell] Day told Parliament.

Fair enough, I guess, as long as we're absolutely, crystal-clear on the criteria being used to ... hang on ... what's this?

But get yourself convicted of having sex with teenagers in Cuba -- that noted bastion of democracy, fair trials and the rule of the law -- and your government's response is "Gee, good luck with that." In the case of Edmontonian Perry King, who has steadfastly maintained his innocence, Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day has turned his back on past practice of arranging to at least have sentences served in Canada.

"Based on the nature of these offences" -- and note the Old Testament judgment inherent in those words -- "there is concern the offender's return to Canada would constitute a threat to the security of Canada," Day ludicrously explained of a man convicted of having relations with girls aged 15 and 16.

Wow. It sure didn't take long to go from "convicted of murder in a democratic country" to, well, "convicted of something not murder in a Communist dictatorship." That pretty much redefines the concept of "slippery slope," doesn't it?

I'm guessing this whole selection criteria is going to get more open-ended by the day.

1 comment:

ALW said...

Hey cmon. Two out of three ain't bad. :p