“They rarely, if at all, make movies depicting the Taliban or other terrorists killing Canadian or US soldiers in Afghanistan. And yet, they didn’t think twice before making a movie depicting a powerful military man killing two Canadian women on Canadian soil. And sexually abusing other Jane Does.” – Ed
Any Canadian citizen or resident who cares about gender-based violence, equality and women’s rights should condemn “An Officer and a Murderer”. The new TV movie dramatizing the real-life horror of the crimes of the former commander of CFB Trenton, one of Canada’s largest military bases, airs on the U.S. network Lifetime on July 21.
As Prime Minister Stephen Harper leads a high-powered Team Corporate Canada to China, there’s justifiable speculation that the PM will not question China’s appalling human rights record. At least not publicly. Once, powerful western democracies placed human rights at the centre of their international relations. In fact, human rights were once the cornerstone of Canada’s foreign and other policies. But times have changed. In the Harper Conservative majority era, Canada coddles dictatorial regimes that persecute their own populations. For example, China, our new best friend.
But now that the Asian powerhouse is fast emerging as the next global “super power”, is it far-fetched to suggest that Chinese President Hu Jintao quiz Harper on Canada’s human rights record during the visit? The Yinka Dene Alliance, a group of five First Nations that represent several thousand people in north-central B.C., doesn’t think so.