A learned associate responded to my recent “Why? “blog with the following (he’s a lawyer, BTW):
How about we extend to citizens of other countries the same level of legal protection and rights as they afford to Canadian citizens. So no Chinese national in Ms. Meng’s position gets the accommodations she received. They are treated in Canada as our citizens are treated in China.
Sure, that gets complicated. And it would be hard to implement without the risk of compromising the rule of law. But unless we do something like that we’re always going to be the patsy. So you give the federal cabinet the power, subject to appropriate safeguards, to curtail some of the rights afforded by the Charter and our common law traditions upon which it is based. In Ms. Meng’s case, you yank the right to bail and the presumption of innocence. Interrogation approaching torture is permitted – just like in China. Now you have something to bargain with. Ms. Meng’s VIP father is going to be screaming at the CPP to get his daughter relief from those barbaric conditions. It’s a pretty obvious quid pro quo in diplomatic discussions. Ms. Meng will be treated exactly as are the Michaels…
The alternative is anytime a Meng situation arises an authoritarian government just grabs a couple of our citizens.
What a great idea. And after almost three years of the Michaels travesty, we should make this happen!!!
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