Saturday, January 27, 2007

Stockwell Day playing loose with the truth

Today on CBC's The House, Kathleen Petty asked Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, about the possibility of getting Maher Arar off the US "Watch List". He offered nothing.

However, Day wasted no time in pointing the finger for Arar's maltreatment at the previous Liberal government. He didn't just do it once, he made it the theme of his conversation.

When Petty asked Day about his prior position on the Arar case and whether he regretted some of the things he said back 2002, Day was unrepentant, except to say he was sorry that he couldn't get more information at the time. He took no responsibility for the words he spoke at the time of the unfolding of Arar's case in 2002 and made every effort to steer the conversation away from any suggestion that Day had made blatant statements in which he argued that Maher Arar was guilty of whatever the US said he was and that the Liberals were behaving as though they were soft on terrorism.

By the end of the interview, Day had made it clear that Harper's apology to Maher Arar was precipitated on the actions of the previous Liberal government. Any apology did not include the actions of the CPoC or the Canadian Alliance Party members who spoke from the opposition benches.

So look at this: (From 2002)
In the House of Commons on Tuesday, Canadian Alliance foreign affairs critic Stockwell Day all but convicted Arar of being a terrorist.
Stockwell Day is a goddamned liar.

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