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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Somali PM 'very optimistic' Canadian journalist will be freed

The prime minister of Somalia offered new hope Thursday that Canadian freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout, abducted outside Mogadishu almost 10 months ago, could soon be freed.

But he said, "I'm very optimistic that in the very near future we will have freed those two journalists."

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Canadian Goverment Does not help Canadians Overseas

Ottawa is not required to help out Canadians in trouble overseas. A law should be passed to protect us

How sad is this.
That If Canadians are in trouble elsewhere then too bad. Who takes such crazy insulting decisions on our people.?

No laws govern this relationship, the government says. As then-Mr. Justice Konrad von Finckenstein of the Federal Court wrote in an earlier case, “Canadians abroad would be surprised, if not shocked, to learn that the provision of consular services in an individual case is left to the complete and unreviewable discretion of the minister.” Except for the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the minister's exercise of the prerogative is absolute.

To translate: If you are in trouble overseas and go to a Canadian embassy, Canada's government believes that it has the option, but not the obligation, to help. If the government is fond of you, like Brenda Martin, it may help with papers or a private jet home, but if it scorns you, like Mr. Abdelrazik, it may revoke your passport and exile you. The choice is the government's alone.

Wake up Canada and take examples from other goverments.
Other governments long ago passed laws that bind their discretion and make it mandatory to help their citizens abroad. For example, the German Constitutional Court has written that the German state has “a constitutional duty to provide protection for German nationals and their interests in relation to foreign states.” In the United States, a similar obligation is included in statutes requiring the government to provide consular services.

What do you say?