It's Tuesday, February 8th.
The Federal Government is spending 6.5 million dollars of public money to promote its record of tax cuts.
Currently, That's 7.3 million including HST.
This is The Current.
Deportation - Cindor Reeves & Alan White
We started this segment with a clip from Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia. He's answering a question from his own lawyer at his trial for war crimes at The Hague. Closing arguments in his case began this morning and as you've heard on the news his lawyer stormed out of court after judges refused a written summary of Mr. Taylor's defence filed 20 days late.
Charles Taylor was once one of the most feared men in West Africa. He was a warlord during Liberia's civil war in the 1990s. He is alleged to have sponsored a proxy army in Sierra Leone, in exchange for access to the country's diamonds. The wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone claimed more than 250,000 lives. Charles Taylor is charged with 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity ... accused of instigating mutilation, rape and murder.
Cindor Reeves is the former brother-in-law of former Liberian President Charles Taylor and is the man many people credit with doing more than anyone else to bring Charles Taylor to justice. He is living in Canada right now. But his refugee claim has been rejected. And he is facing deportation back to Liberia. Cindor Reeves was in Toronto. And Alan White was the Chief Investigator with the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone from 2002 to 2005. He was in Washington.
We made a request to speak to Jason Kenney, the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism. We were told he wasn't available this morning. We also contacted the Canadian Border Services Agency or CBSA. They sent us a statement in response to our request for an interview. Here's part of it:
Individuals who have committed or who are complicit in the commission of a war crime, a crime against humanity, genocide, or any other reprehensible act, regardless of when or where these crimes occurred, are not welcome in Canada.
Canada will not be a safe haven for individuals who have participated in war crimes or crimes against humanity. Canada has a number of remedies to take action against these individuals, which include exclusion from refugee protection in Canada... removal...and surrender to an international tribunal.