marnanightingale: (magna carta)
The government has unveiled new and unprecedented reasons barring the return of Canadian citizen Abousfian Abdelrazik, claiming every country he might fly over on the way home from Khartoum needed to give explicit permission.

In a federal-court filing, the government says its hands are tied and that neither Mr. Abdelrazik's Charter right as a citizen to enter Canada nor the UN's specific travel-ban exemption permitting those on its terrorist blacklist to return home requires it to let him fly back to his family in Montreal.

It says the UN travel ban "prohibits other states" from allowing Mr. Abdelrazik or anyone else on what's called the 1267 list of al-Qaeda suspects "to enter into and travel through their territories which includes land, airspace and territorial waters."

But that claim, filed in federal court by Justice Department lawyers, is seemingly at odds with the reality of UN rules.

Unlike Mr. Abdelrazik, who has never been charged with anything in Canada or Sudan, and who was cleared by both CSIS and the RCMP, Maxamed Cabdullaah Ciise, a Somali citizen, had served five years in an Italian prison for "criminal association for terrorist purposes" before being flown back to Britain in November of 2008.
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[The Harper Government] claims the right to return to Canada, enshrined in the Charter, applies only to citizens who present themselves at a border post.


Let's look at that last bit again, shall we?

[The Harper government] claims the right to return to Canada, enshrined in the Charter, applies only to citizens who present themselves at a border post.

There is no possible comment I could make that would be more damning than that. If you choose to travel overseas, you come home again at the sole gift and discretion of The Right Honourable Stephen Harper and his pack of tame ministers.
marnanightingale: (what would wellington do?)


I'll be down at the Hill at noon today, as part of the 62 percent majority who voted for someone other than the CPC in the last election.

There are rallies all across Canada, most but not all of them today.

If Harper's Government has lost your confidence, or if they never had it, you could go to one of them and say so.

Dress warmly.

And for now, have some SOTW:

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