Sunny Ways and Magnitsky

18 May

So the Liberal government came to power promising much – as all parties do to try to win elections.
They promised to do things different – as all parties do to try to win elections.
They promised the sun. They promised the moon. As all parties do to try to win elections
They promised to put Canada on the map – as all parties do to try to win elections
Canada is on the map.
It has been for a while.
This new government said they would bring a new tone to government – and they did by and large.
Which is why I do not understand why they will not enact acts relating to Magnitsky.
He was a lawyer who tried to expose corruption in Putin`s Russia.
He was arrested and killed in jail.
This is a human rights issue.
The United States formulated and passed the Magnitsky Act that punishes those who were responsible for this man’s death.
Our government. Canada, Stephan Dion, Justin Trudeau. Decided to take a pass on a similar bill.
Why?
Not having something like this won’t get you into Putin’s good books – he doesn’t give a shit.
Passing something similar won’t get you into Putin’s bad book – he doesn’t give a shit.
Passing this will make Canada seem like it cares about human rights and the rule of law.
This is important.
This is the way to the “sunny ways.”
Dion.
Trudeau
The Liberal Party of Canada.
Canada.
Do the right thing.

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