19 January 2011


...what is it they say?

-- OTTAWA -- Threatening e-mails and phone calls resulted in the cancellation Tuesday evening of a film that exposes Iran’s efforts to build nuclear weapons and promote terrorism.
Oh, yeah... that it's everything...
The threats followed a formal complaint last weekend from the Iranian Embassy, seeking to stop the showing of the film Iranium at Library and Archives Canada.
Iran 1 -- Ottawa-cracy 0...
Bureaucrats in Library and Archives Canada seemingly gave no thought to maintaining Charter guarantees of freedom of assembly and speech.

“Does a call from the Iranians mean the collapse of free speech in Ottawa? What kind of surreal atmosphere exists in the bureaucracy? The whole situation leaves the impression of a knee-jerk bowing to the mullahs of Iran.”

UPDATE: Just another reason, folks...

...to stick with Stephen Harper...
According the his press secretary, Mr. Moore started working on figuring out how the issue could be corrected as soon as heard the screening was in doubt. He has since instructed the Archives to honour its commitment to show the film while taking all appropriate steps to ensure security, Codie Taylor said.

“Canada does not accept attempts from the Iranian Embassy to dictate what films will and will not be shown in Canada,” the Heritage Minister said through Ms. Taylor. "The principle of free speech is one of the cornerstones of our democracy"
And heck, look at Iggy and company dressing down the... wait a minute...

Geez... I coulda swore Iggy just finished blasting one of these horrible totalitarian states... oh, right...
Ignatieff dismissed calls that Canada should have followed Australia’s policy on refugees and turned the Tamil refugee boat away.

"This is Canada, not Australia," Ignatieff said. "That means Canada has principles, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, our international obligations."
But not a peep on Iran... or free speech?
iggy silentYup... exactly what we've come to expect from the party of "Welcome back Khadr".


maryT said...

Minister Moore was on fire today on P&P, to the point evan said, you are really mad.
The movie will be shown, at its original site.
Wonder what staffer will get fired for deciding to cancel the movie.
Those threats can be followed, via e-mail addresses and phone numbers.
Will those threatening be ignored like the guy yelling Kill him at a iggy rally.

Anonymous said...

Now now, our current ruling party will be accepting his return also.


From: min.dfaitmaeci@international.gc.ca
Sent: December 21, 2010 11:20:48 AM
To: *******.com

Dear Mr. XXXXX:

Thank you for your email of November 2, 2010, concerning the case of Mr. Omar Khadr.

On October 25, 2010, Mr. Khadr pled guilty before the U.S. military commission in Guantanamo Bay to all of the charges against him, including murder in violation of the law of war, attempted murder in violation of the law of war, conspiracy, providing material support for terrorism, and spying. In accordance with a plea agreement negotiated between Mr. Khadr and the prosecutors, Mr. Khadr was sentenced by a military judge to eight years of confinement. He is currently serving his sentence in the detention facilities in Guantanamo Bay.

There is a treaty in place between Canada and the United States that
allows Canadian and American offenders to make formal applications for a transfer to serve their sentences in the country in which they are
citizens. Successful transfer applications require the consent of both states. In one year's time, pursuant to Mr. Khadr's plea agreement, the Government of the United States will approve an application by Mr. Khadr
to serve the remainder of his sentence in Canada. Canada will respect the agreement between Mr. Khadr and the U.S. government. I would also mention that approval of application for transfer of offenders to Canada is a decision for the Minister of Public Safety in accordance with the
International Transfer of Offenders Act.

Thank you again for taking the time to write and share your concerns.


The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Foreign Affairs"


Neo Conservative said...

as kate at sda is wont to say... "you don't make friends... by appeasing your enemies."


Neo Conservative said...

and mitchel... what part of "There is a treaty in place between Canada and the United States" are you not getting here?

the mcdreamy administration just wants this one to fade away... and the constant lobbying by the liberals & ndp just made it easier for them.

you're really saying the harper government is in favour of bringing omar home?


apprently osama isn't the only one who's been living in a cave for years.


Anonymous said...

Just a note from Down Under:
Australia in the last ten years has never turned away any 'refugee' boat. Never. Unlike some of its neighbouring countries, it has not done things like provisioning boats and pushing them back out to sea. Every boat that lands in Australia has the passengers assessed for their veracity of their claims for refugee status. Like Canada, Australia finds it hard to tell legitimate refugees from economic migrants from these boat people, and there seems to be evidence that the people on the boats are coached on what to say to be classed as legitimate refugees, and also there seems to be evidence that many young men from the boats are claiming to be minors as this category entitles them to integration into society while their cases are investigated. Like Canada, it is difficult to send any of them back, even those who are deemed not to be legitimate refugees. Our current government seems set on encouraging these boat people by its policies, unlike the previous Howard government.

Neo Conservative said...

"anon says... Just a note from Down Under"

that would be michael ignatieff, the leader of the liberal party, who was crapping on australia.

actually sounds like the situation here in canada is pretty similar.