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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Emily Senger, "PM pledges law to let terror victims sue,", May 31, 2009.

[Does this mean Chileans will be able to sue Henry Kissinger in Canada? Harper has certainly traveled the easy road to his present status as an award-winning advocate for human rights. He repaid the Chinese Head Tax to 650 of the 81,000 who paid it, apologized for residential schools, and claims that he natters Hu Jintao about human rights every time he goes to China. Is there more? Harper says,

"When a Canadian citizen is ill-treated and when the rights of a Canadian citizen need to be defended, I think it's always the obligation of the government of Canada to vocally and publicly stand up for that Canadian citizen" --Prime Minister Stephen Harper (CBC, Feb 9 07).
What do Maher Arar, Omar Khadr, Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad El Maati, Muayyed Nureddin, and Abousfian Abdelrazik have in common? Who can they sue? Silly me. -jlt]

Toronto - Victims of terrorism could soon have the right to sue anyone who commits a terrorist act or anyone who funds terrorism, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told members of the Canadian Jewish Congress Sunday.

Harper said the Conservatives will introduce legislation into the House of Commons later this week which would allow Canadian victims of terrorism to seek justice against foreign states, individuals or organizations that support terrorism.

  The announcement came during a lunch-hour speech at a Canadian Jewish Congress 90th anniversary gathering in Toronto, where Harper also received an award from the congress for his commitment to human rights advocacy.

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