The Winnipeg Free Press’ reporter Aldo Santin sure looks like he let Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff off the hook with this lame answer on the reaction of the Conservative government to the Tamil ship now landed in Victoria. Iffy says that they “should have prepared for the arrival of the refugees by consulting the United Nations agency for refugees and the Sri Lankan government while they were still at sea.”
Iffy’s solution is of course to “consult” and because the government didn’t, this happened:
“Now we’ve got a situation where they’ve docked and they have to have individual confirmation of each one of them,”
Huh…what does that even mean?
Then Iffy slags Australia for good measure when asked why we shouldn’t have just turned the ship away:
“This is Canada, not Australia. That means Canada has principles, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, our international obligations.”
Can you imagine if Iffy was the PM and said that Australia has no principles?
Of course, hard to have any faith in a reporter who would put that this was a “small, rusty boat” in their story. (see here)