No Justice for Canadians in Mexico?
I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m getting a little sick and tired of hearing about Mexican authorities abusing Canadians and serving all kinds of injustices on travelers to that country. In the past year, there have been at least 3 major news stories about Canadians visiting Mexico and encountering injustice of one sort or another while there:
Brenda Martin could face 15 more years in jail if convicted of money laundering and conspiracy. (Photo courtesy of CBC)
- a Canadian couple was found murdered in their hotel room and not only did Mexican authorities botch the investigation, it refused to cooperate with Canadian law enforcement officials attempting to find out what happened or even so much as facilitating access to pertinent evidence,
- a Canadian woman, Brenda Martin, has been left to rot in a Mexican prison for over 2 years, charged in a large criminal affair but apparently innocent and – most importantly – never tried on the charges that are still outstanding, and
- another Canadian travelers vacationing in Acapulco was wrongfully jailed and beaten to death while in Mexican custody.
The current governing (Conservative) party has done precious little to defend the interests of Canadians abroad and has earned itself an atrocious track record of not serving its citizens detained by regimes around the world. But these incidents are not examples of Conservative incompetence. While the fact the Conservatives form the government certainly doesn’t help Canadian victims of the banana-republic-style justice system operating in Mexico, but it’s high time that instead of being part of the problem, these yokels got off their butts and did something! Even the most red-necked, yodeling, hillbilly Conservative has got to have at least some compassion for such extreme cases – particularly when they all seem to come from one place!
And travel agents should be advising customers of these instances and what the risks are of becoming involved with a Mexican policeman while risking the tourism south of the Rio Grande.