Nothing encapsulates what the Harper government is all about more than its refusal to allow Omar Khadr back into Canada. Certainly the government's reaction puzzles the Americans.The Canadian Press reported last week that:
One of Khadr's U.S. lawyers said last month he has been told American officials can't understand Canada's reluctance to ask that Khadr be returned home.
Lt.-Col. Jon Jackson said U.S. officials are frustrated by the delay of the return of the last Western national held at the much-maligned U.S. military prison.
U.S. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta signed off on Khadr's transfer in April, he added.
Khadr simply doesn't fit with the government's narrative on the Middle East. Despite the evidence, the Conservatives -- who are certain that God is on their side -- have determined that Khadr is more than a convicted felon.. He is an alien.
But then so was Conrad Black. And his return was expedited. The contrast tells you a lot about Mr. Harper's commitment to justice. It's right up there with his concern for the environment.
God must be on Mr. Black's side.