Open arms and a cheque­book

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

I won’t try to re­but Richard Deaton’s le­gal stand­ings or his take on Omar Khadr’s ex­pe­dited pay­out by the Lib­eral govern­ment, but like many other Cana­di­ans I feel that I’ve been around the block a few times and base my judg­ment of this is­sue on moral grounds.

Much to the dis­may of some of the bleed­ing hearts out there, the pre­vi­ous govern­ment was elected to take a stand on is­sues and some of them re­quired moral judg­ment.

Per­haps the con­sti­tu­tion should be amended so that this type of is­sue — where some­one leaves this coun­try to es­sen­tially fight against it and its own al­lies — would not be pro­tected and those cit­i­zen­ship rights thus for­feited.

It is highly doubt­ful that Mr. Deaton would find any of his for­mer stu­dents that had put their lives on the line in the Mid­dle East sup­port­ive of his views, and would in­stead find his le­gal opin­ion con­trite and hard to swal­low.

A num­ber of years ago, a very wise per­son taught me that you have to take a stand for some­thing, or you end up fall­ing for everything. It seems to me that Mr. Deaton and his sup­port­ers are of the lat­ter group, and are wait­ing there with open arms and a cheque­book.

Mark Man­ning,

North Van­cou­ver, B.C.


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