Canada Going Wobbly?
Apparently Canada's version of The Patriot Act was gutted today. The Canadian Coalition for Democracies sent out this press release, below. I don't follow America Jr.'s politics very closely, but Canada is simply infested with radical jihad followers. And since we share the largest unguarded border in the world with them, it is in our national interest to see that Canada takes the threat of terrorism seriously.What really prompted me to post this press release was that it mentions that at least 50 terrorist groups are now operating in Canada. I don't know how accurate that statistic is, but I can certainly verify that jihad supporters are all over The Great White North thanks to decades of liberal immigration laws. For instance, our friends the terror supporters over at Jihad Unspun are in Canada. And where there are jihad supporters, you are bound to find a healthy subpopulation of jihadis willing and able to carry out domestic terror operations.
Ottawa, Canada - Today, the Liberal opposition lead by Stéphane Dion joined with the other Opposition parties to kill two provisions of Canada Anti-Terrorism Act that were passed into law by the Liberal government of Jean Chrétien in 2002. With all the hyperbole generated by these provisions, it is essential that Canadians understand their implications and judge for themselves if today's vote was a win for human rights or for those plotting acts of terror in Canada.
The "preventative arrest" provision is an appropriate and constitutional response to today's mass-casualty terrorist threat. This provision allows police to detain persons whom they believe "on reasonable grounds" to be about to commit an act of terror. Within one day, or as soon as constitutionally possible, the detainee must be brought before a judge to validate the detention.
The other provision authorizes the use of "investigative hearings" to require a person who has material knowledge of a terrorist act to be examined by a judge with regard to information that may prevent a planned attack or help identify the perpetrators of a past attack. Again, the law requires "reasonable grounds" to proceed. Moreover, it allows the person in question to have counsel, and prohibits the use of information drawn from the person to be used against that individual in any later criminal proceedings, save for reasonable exceptions relating to perjury and associated offences.
CSIS has identified over 50 terrorist groups operating on Canadian soil and over $256 million have been identified by FINTRAC in 2005/2006 as having possible links to terrorism [ed. emphasis mine]. Today, Canadians lost vital tools needed to stop a massacre before it happens and to compel those with knowledge of terrorist activity to disclose such vital information to a judge.
CCD notes with deep concern the record of the Liberal Party in relation to several terrorism issues. These issues include its opposition for thirteen years while in government to proposals for a judicial inquiry into the Air India bombing, its refusal to ban Hezbollah until finally being forced to do so by court action, and its refusal to list the notorious Tamil Tigers as a terrorist organization. And now in Opposition, the Liberals are further weakening our ability to break up terrorist cells and prevent the kind of massacres of civilians that have occurred in London, Madrid, New York, Amsterdam, and countless other cities. Along with other elements of the public record, these matters raise grave questions about whether the Liberal leadership is pandering to radical religious and ethno-cultural voting blocks at the expense of Canadians' safety and security.
"For over a decade, the Liberals ignored pleas from victims' families for an inquiry into the Air India bombing," said David Harris, Senior Fellow for National Security for CCD. "Today's vote ordered by Stéphane Dion may have effectively killed the ongoing police investigation by making it impossible to compel testimony from material witnesses. One must question the determination of the Liberals to leave unexamined the worst act of airline terror in history and its bungled 20-year prosecution, and to abandon those whose lives were shattered by this atrocity."
"Liberal leaders' continuing disregard for the innocent terror victims of Canada, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Israel and India triggers disturbing concerns about the price politicians are willing to pay for votes," said Alastair Gordon, President of CCD. "By opposing extension of their own Party's anti-terrorism provisions at a time when Canada is specifically targeted by bin Laden and Islamic extremism, Liberals owe Canadians an explanation. Is the risk to Canadians' safety and security to be regarded as just another reasonable trade-off in the struggle for political power?"
Posted by: Kafir at February 27, 2007 09:39 PM
Posted by: JOHN RYAN at February 27, 2007 09:47 PM
USA, all the way! and a wave to Canada, our good neighbor.
Posted by: Michael Weaver at February 27, 2007 11:12 PM
THE WORST problems with Canadian anti-terror laws are that they are sometimes too tough and too vague, even for the pro-democracy right. E.G.: putting someone in jail indefinitely because, although he/she is not a terrorist, "you don't trust them very much". Obviously the laws need a re-write.
Posted by: DemocracyRules at February 27, 2007 11:50 PM
Cajun girls rule however. (We used to think it was the heat and the humidity then we realized it was the just the Jack Daniels....)
I suppose it's safe to say that liberals from anywhere hate the USA..
Posted by: wb at February 27, 2007 11:55 PM
PS, We have SEVEN TIMES as much OIL as Saudi Arabia, and we are killing ourselves to get it out of the ground ASAP to sell it to you at fair, stable prices, no gouging, steady supply, it's what good neighbors, and good business people do....
Posted by: DemocracyRules at February 28, 2007 12:27 AM
Posted by: wb at February 28, 2007 01:00 AM
Posted by: Jeff Bargholz at February 28, 2007 03:49 AM
USA, all the way! and a wave to Canada, our good neighbor.
Posted by: Michael Weaver at February 28, 2007 07:08 AM
Posted by: Michael Weaver at February 28, 2007 07:10 AM
How I hate that immoral stupid arsehole.
Dion is a Quebecer and Quebecers see the GWOT as something that only the English-speaking world is embroiled in and therefore not Quebec's concern.
Posted by: Garduneh Mehr at February 28, 2007 07:52 AM
Right back at you.
Folks, let's not forget the thousands of Canadians fighting in Afghanistan shoulder-to-shoulder with their American and British brothers-in-arms.
Posted by: Garduneh Mehr at February 28, 2007 07:56 AM
A similar betrayal was recently perpetrated by the Dem's in the U.S. when they denied funding for prosecuting the war in Iraq.
Posted by: Garduneh Mehr at February 28, 2007 08:01 AM
Posted by: memphis761 at February 28, 2007 09:59 AM
Posted by: wb at February 28, 2007 10:01 AM
Posted by: MidnightSun at February 28, 2007 11:04 AM
Holey Tamoley, duCalme, duCalme!
Please, next time, insult me with factual information, my rebuttals will be more interesting.
ONE FACTUAL POINT : The Canadian oil reserves I spoke of are called Oil Sands, petroleum mixed with earth, exceeding by more than 7 times the oil reserves of Saudi Arabia. They are surface-mined right now with huge scrapers, lifters, and enormous dump trucks. Super-heated steam and other methods are used to extract the petroleum, while the earth portion is returned to the natural ecology. It costs us about $12-$15/ barrel to do this. The US is relying more and more on Canadian oil imports, with current efforts to double them within about 10 years (good for USA, good for Canada). Remember the MSM will never tell you this because they WANT you to think the oil is running out, and that enemies lurk everywhere. The MSM sells papers and airtime with catastrophe reporting.
Posted by: DemocracyRules at March 01, 2007 01:05 PM
Posted by: Jeff Bargholz at March 03, 2007 01:46 AM
Posted by: Jeff Bargholz at March 03, 2007 01:50 AM
Posted by: wb at March 06, 2007 11:03 AM
SO WHAT happened, did a Canadian say something rude to you? The oil thing: the US gets more than 10% of its oil from Canada, so I guess those non-existent Canadian oil-sand reserves seem to be making your vehicle run alright. Note also, that, unlike Saudi Arabia, Canada is right beside you, and happy to do business with you. As for your other points, I guess you're not ready to hear my rebuttals, so later for that.
In the meantime, go ahead, hate your friends, but you are a rare pumpkin indeed. In my very many trips to the US, I am welcomed with warmth and friendship, as we do with our American visitors, and if I use Canadian-flag baggage tags, no-one beats me up.
Posted by: DemocracyRules at March 07, 2007 10:14 AM
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