Mission Improbable: Analyzing Conservative Justice
anadians seem to be having a tough time getting their consular representatives to help with problems abroad again….re-enforcing words spoken by (Canada’s) Liberal Party leader, Justin Trudeau at the convention last weekend. Once again, the governing Conservatives seem to be abandoning those detained abroad to whatever injustices prevail instead of taking an interest in the outcome of cases where Canadians are detained without having the benefit of a government that will see them returned safely home; whether it be to serve time in a Canadian prison or simply to be exonerated of charges that have no merit.
In this episode of the CBC’s Fifth Estate, a woman who’d committed no crime was charged and held in a Mexican maximum security prison. Was it her government that came to her aid? Not bloody likely – it was the Mexican Supreme Court which finally agreed that based on numerous human rights violations during her incarceration her case should be thrown out!
Still, it was a hellish 18-month ordeal involving a heart-attack amongst other health problems resulting from a confinement that was absent a crime. And nowhere to be seen were Canadian consular officials, perhaps presuming her guilt without so much as a review of the case (or none on record). Or perhaps there was a review….one that had the stamp of RCMP approval on the word of a convicted felon and known liar. Political scandal being swept under the carpet?
At least she’s home now – but the questions will, if there still is justice to be found in Canada, continue…