I just listened to an emotional interview with Brenda Martin on the John Oakley Show.
A distraught Martin remains in a disgusting Mexican prison, another Canadian victim of a whacked out judicial system in a backward third world dump.
As it stands, the Liberals have taken a great interest story with former Prime Minister Paul Martin having visited Martin in prison, and Liberal MP Dan McTeague pushing from all sides for the Harper government to do something.
As I wrote last week, the Harper government should do something; The Prime Minister should make a statement about the welfare of Canadians in Mexico and the crappy treatment we’ve been getting over the past couple of years.
Having said that, don’t be fooled by the actions of the Liberals. This is the perfect opportunity for the opposition to make political hay.
It was kind of the former Prime Minister to visit the prison last week, but this shouldn’t open the door for the rest of the party to start hooting and hollering while placing unrealistic expectations on the current government.
It’s an emotional issue that has the sitting government caught between a rock and a hard place. Despite being extremely frustrating, diplomacy plays a part in this and you’ve got to believe if winning this women’s release was that simple, she’d be back in Canada by now.
Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier spoke with his Mexican counterpart on Saturday, but to this point, that’s about the extent of official government response.
It’s a touchy situation that has to be dealt with delicately by those in power; meanwhile its easy pickin’s for an opposition that had a dreadful record of Foreign Affairs while it enjoyed power under a bumbling fool named Jean Chretien.
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