Editorial cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Tuesday August 11, 2015
Stephen Harper defends travel ban to terror zones
After several weeks on break, the Mike Duffy trial resumes this week.
Meanwhile, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is defending his proposal to ban travel to parts of the world controlled by terrorists, saying it’s not a “human right” that such travel is allowed.
“This is limited to only those areas that are clearly under the control of terrorist organizations. We’re talking about a few, small number of areas in the world,” Harper said Monday morning during a campaign stop in Markham.
“Obviously parts of Iraq and Syria would be the kinds of areas that we’re talking about,” he said.
On Sunday, Harper said a newly-elected Conservative government would introduce a legal crackdown on so-called terror tourism and go after Canadians who travel to such areas.
Harper said that the government advises against such travel and anyone who does go to these hotspots is “taking their life into their hands.”
“Frankly, these are not areas where families go. These are areas where we know why people are really going. They are going to terrorist training,” Harper said Monday.
“There is no human right to travel and visit ISIS. That is not a human right in this country,” he said.
At an early-morning event in Montreal, Trudeau dismissed the travel ban idea as little more than a distraction from the Conservatives’ dismal economic record. (Source: Toronto Star)