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Old 01-19-2010, 08:48 AM   #37
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Post Re: PM Stephen Harper Ties The Knot With 3 Prorogations Since Taking Office

Originally Posted by no caste View Post
I hope the opposition kicks Harper's as* out the door when Parliament convenes. Do any Canadians have any feelings about this March dates/ topic confluence, because this one inquiry is continuing during prorogation.

CPCCA Inquiry Panel to hear additional witnesses including Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism
(January 11th, 2010)
The Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism will continue to hear testimony from professionals throughout the Canadian justice and law enforcement system as it prepares to wrap up its hearings... Once the hearings are completed the Inquiry Panel will write a report to be published and presented to the Government of Canada in the spring of 2010.

Israel has insisted that the author, South African Judge Richard Goldstone, is an “anti-semite” for penning the report, and the government has insisted its backers in the UN are also anti-semites which seeks to see the Jews slaughtered.

U.N. Council Compromises Over Gaza Report Debate
By REUTERS Published: October 7, 2009
But action was postponed until March after U.S. pressure aimed at getting the peace process back on track. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has come under sharp criticism at home for agreeing to the delay.
Also, it's the Canada and Israel Sign Declaration to Cooperate on Public Safety Public Safety Canada, Mar 23, 2008 that was signed without public consult. That's when Cheney, Rice etc were sneaking around Israel at the same time as Stockwell Day (who signed). I'm pretty sure it's the 'law' that prevented George Galloway from visiting Canada to speak.

No Caste check out which may aid you on March dates/topic for other ongoing enquiries even though Parliament is prorogued the New Democrats will be discussing the Afghanistan detainee's allegations of mistreatment and torture...

This letter was sent to me from Jack Layton New Democratic Leader...

Thank you for your email concerning the allegations of prisoner torture in Afghanistan. From the start, our Party believed that a public inquiry was needed. This is a serious issue that transcends political point scoring and we are working with the other opposition parties who agree with our position.

Prime Minister Harper and his Conservative government are on the run. They are running away from taking responsibility both abroad at the Copenhagen climate change talks and here at home on the detainee file. Their cynical move to prorogue Parliament in order to avoid taking responsibility has left many Canadians deeply disappointed.

Although Parliament is prorogued, New Democrat will be advancing the detainee issue. We plan to:
- take part in hearings with the Liberals and Bloc Québécois in Ottawa; the first hearing is scheduled for Feb 3rd
- participate in weekly press conferences
- engage the Canadian public in debate about the war in Afghanistan

New Democrats have been raising concerns about prisoner transfers in Afghanistan since 2006. For more information, please refer to:

The bottom line is this: when we send our brave soldiers into combat we must be absolutely certain the orders they are given by our government are beyond reproach. The rules on the handling of detainees are the responsibility of the federal government. Transferring detainees to those whom are likely to torture them is a violation of international law. It is the Conservative government who must be held to account.

Again, I appreciate hearing from you. Feel free to share my response with anyone who may be interested. All the best.


Jack Layton, MP (Toronto-Danforth)
Leader, Canada's New Democrats
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