A speech Justin Trudeau gave in Vancouver last week was one of the most unusual ever from an elected official. Barack Obama's 2008 speech on racism during his first campaign was also rare, and morally far loftier, but not nearly as quirky. This stands alone for quirk.
In deciding not to oppose the adoption of Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorist Act 2015, the Liberal Party of Canada has committed a serious error of judgment.
The Harper Conservatives have laid before the House of Commons legislation that would authorize the detention of Canadian citizens without evidence of committing a crime, but simply because they were thought possible of committing terrorist acts.
Bill C-51 empowers the government to transform CSIS -- an intelligence-gathering agency -- into a quasi secret police with the power to lock up citizens suspected to have shown support for a cause deemed terrorist by the government.
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A Conservative ad came on the radio as I drove home from meetings in Regina. It was another attack ad on Justin Trudeau. It was trying to get listeners irate that Trudeau would take money back that the Harper Conservatives had so generously given to parents; the punch line was that Trudeau would jeopardize the economy and the security of families. Trudeau was quoted out of context as saying "the economy will balance itself." The quote intended to depict him as aloof and uncaring.