Omar Khadr, home

Finally.

Canada had been dragging its heels on this for years, to the point of angering the American government for not following through on an agreement reached some years ago. Canadians have strong opinions on Khadr – many would rather have left him in Guantanamo Bay to rot. Me? I generally like what former General Romeo Dallaire has to say about it.


Chretien on Trudeau

Here.

I’m not planning in getting involved in leadership this time. But I think Justin, for a great many reasons, will be an excellent contender.


Carolyn Bennett blasts Harper government for its ‘take it or leave it’ approach to the Carcross/Tagish First Nation

Ottawa facing heat over Yukon First Nation claim Aboriginal Affairs starving self-government.

This is crazy. But then again, bully tactics are nothing new for the Harper guys.


Grit Prime Minister best, Tory worst: Poll

One in four Canadians believe Stephen Harper is the worst Prime Minister since 1968.

Thirty-six per cent of Canadians believe Pierre Trudeau to be the best Prime Minister since 1968.

 


Liberal leadership race heating up

Only seven months to go and Grits are still bickering about the rules. Sadly, much of this is prompted by self-interest. Wouldn’t it be great if we were to have a true contest, a debate of ideas and leadership, rather than a limited field of pre-selected picks? I was on the Hill during the Martin coronation, working for a Martinite. I had been asked to help on his campaign, and said no. It was hard to get enthusiastic about a leadership race when the result appeared to be a foregone conclusion.

Yesterday, I talked with Krista Erickson about the race. No, I don’t think Jean Charest is going to run but not because of his polling numbers. Timing is just bad for him, all around. It will be interesting to see who does jump in, though. A few weeks ago, a couple of friends of mine from back in the Ignatieff (short-lived) era posted on Facebook that they were heading to Halifax. “Geoff Regan’s thinking about it,” I said to a friend. Geoff’s a good guy and a solid MP, he’ll be good for the race if he does.


Shaking my head at this one

I’m all for finding ways to end gun violence and to support women fleeing from domestic violence. I spent several years serving on a women’s shelter board – the stories women fleeing violence are tragic and their strength is admirable. But this? I don’t get it.

A Toronto woman, Nicole Osbourne James, has started her own campaign to end gun violence. Admirable. Her idea? To have women withhold sex from their gun-toting partners. James has this to say:

“The idea is that we, as women, should take responsibility and ownership of the men in our lives.

Really? I had no idea I should take “ownership” of my partner.

James goes on:

“Listen, we do use sex to get what we want,” James said. “My man comes home late and I’m mad — there won’t be any action in that moment. We do it for minimal reasons, why should it be different if he’s out gangbanging?”

Sounds like a rather manipulative relationship.

A few points:

  • Men and women don’t “own” each other.
  • The premise that women’s greatest power is their vaginas is ridiculous.
  • Women aren’t responsible for men’s actions. And they shouldn’t be put in a position, like this, that compromises their own safety.
  • Sex shouldn’t be a commodity in a loving relationship, nor used as a negotiating tool.

 


How do you know when an astronaut is going to run for leader?

When he tweets things like this…


Stay tuned

I’ll keep you posted.


One last thing on the Clint Eastwood debacle

Seriously, I would be shocked if no one was fired over this.

“They vet most of the people, but I told them, ‘You can’t do that with me, because I don’t know what I’m going to say,’” Eastwood recalled.

And while the Hollywood superstar has plenty of experience being adored by crowds, he said he hasn’t given a lot of speeches and admitted that, “I really don’t know how to.” He also hates using a teleprompter, so it was settled in his mind that when he spoke to the 10,000 people in the convention hall, and the millions more watching on television, he would do it extemporaneously.


Last night at Sun News

Krista and I talked about Omar Khadr last night. The Harper government is dragging its collective heels on this one. Not sure why they don’t just deal with this now and get it over with – Harper still has three years before the next election to manage any fall out. But, by all means, piss off our closest ally.  Bottom line: Ottawa and Washington made a deal. The US followed through on its end of the agreement, now it’s our turn.