Christie Blatchford is one of the few mainstream media commenters who doesn’t think of Omar Khadr as some kind of benign victim, if not hero:
… what Edney is doing is unorthodox and arguably even a risky mixing of the professional with the personal. While your lawyer is your best friend and sometimes your only one when you’re in trouble, he doesn’t usually move you into his house.
… I wonder if any lawyer who has so devoted himself to a client, can see him or her clearly.
… Edney also [accused the prime minister of being a mean, anti-Muslim bigot]. This was one of those examples of a defence lawyer imagining he has the exclusive patent on principled conduct, which is ridiculous. … it’s loathsome to ascribe the worst of motives – racism – to the prime minister.
Omar Khadr has spent his entire adult life immersed in radical Islam and jihad. It stretches credulity to the extreme to believe that he has all of a sudden transformed his thinking and his allegiances. No doubt al-Qaeda and Khadr view Dennis Edney and Khadr’s media cheerleaders as some of their most useful idiots.
Okay, I agree – the science isn’t in.Not all of it anyway. There’s more coming in almost daily – research, studies, experiments, observations and analyses, projections – there’s a continually growing mountain of information and knowledge.The thin…
The latest compendium of polls by 308 have good news and bad news.
Good news for Harper who – based on these results – would form a minority government after the 2015 election.
Bad news for the Liberals, whose support is slipping.
And good news for the besieged Mulcair’s NDP, which has steadily lost whatever magic it had in the 2011 election, despite herculean efforts in Parliament by their leader.
With these levels of support, the Conservatives would likely win between 120 and 161 seats. That puts them short of the 170 needed to form a majority government. The Liberals would take between 98 and 136 seats, while the New Democrats could win between 61 and 88 seats.
The Greens would likely take two seats, with one to nine seats going to the Bloc Québécois.