Yesterday I suggested that the government was developing their strategy on the Suaad Mohamud story, while hiding behind the cover of, 'uh we're looking into it'. Well, as it turns out, that seems to be the case...and more.
Harper appears to have chosen the route of plausible deniability. Of course, as is usually the case when taking this route, it's not plausible at all.
Harper suggested he became aware of the case only last week, even though her well-publicized plight of being stuck in Kenya had begun 11 weeks earlier.
To even suggest that this is the case, is beyond ridiculous. Harper, the man who has a finger in every file, expects Canadians to believe that he knew nothing about a prominent case, implicating his government in wrongdoing until last week?
We are expected to believe that he was not made aware of the controversial comments made in July, by one of his top Ministers, Lawrence Cannon? And it's not just Cannon who has been aware of and commented on this case. Peter Van Loan and Jason Kenney have also been asked about it. We are further expected to believe that he was not made aware of comments made by the official opposition, Michael Ignatieff, Bob Rae, Dan McTeague and others?
Seriously, this is treating Canadians with the contempt we know he holds, but somehow often manages to convince some media in this country otherwise.
"When we became aware of the case last week, we asked our officials in various departments to give us some information," Harper said at a news conference yesterday. "Obviously there (is) some troubling information here. It's a complex case. I have asked my officials for a thorough review of the matter ... (then) we'll decide what further inquiry we do have to do."
Who is we? His government? That is generally the royal 'we' used by a PM and if that is the case, that is a bald face lie and he knows it.
Privately, officials say the Prime Minister is upset at how the case has been handled and that "heads could roll" once the internal review is finished.
Tough talk, huh? Well, not so much.
Liliane Khadour has "concluded" her posting, a consular official at the Canadian High Commission said yesterday from the capital, Nairobi.
"Her tour of duty is over," he said, explaining that Foreign Affairs employees rotate posts every two or three years, and Khadour had been in Nairobi for two. "I am not very sure where she went."
She's in Ottawa as it turns out.
The head that should roll in this case is the PM's. He has cultivated a culture in his cabinet and caucus for that matter, that it's acceptable to treat some Canadians differently than others. By example, he's encouraged his party to use language when referring to some, that feeds his rabid base, while insulting the rest of us.
Embassy mag, weighs in on the issue and suggests that the Conservatives could still turn our (Canada's), tattered reputation around by showing some compassion.
The writer of the article seems to have missed the fact that compassion is not a term understood by the Conservative Party of Canada, let alone employed.