CONSERVATIVES WRONG TO CONDONE TORTURE: NDP
August 27th, 2012 - 4:12pm
OTTAWA - The Conservatives are complicit in immoral and inhuman abuses by allowing RCMP and Canadian Border Services officers to use information obtained through torture.
"Torture is not only immoral and but it’s ineffective too. Experts agree that information obtained by intentionally injuring a person has no value - and Canadian law is clear," said NDP Public Safety Critic Randall Garrison. "The Canada I know doesn't support torture and it certainly isn't complicit in it. The Minister of Public Safety must reverse his position to live up to our country’s international reputation."
Canadian media revealed on Friday that the Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews, had authorized the RCMP and the Canadian Border services to use information obtained through torture. In February, the Conservatives came under fire for the same reason when the Minister admitted to allowing the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) to collect information obtained through torture.
"The Minister's directive is in direct contravention of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment onto which Canada signed in 1985. We have international obligations," said Deputy Public Safety Critic Rosane Doré Lefebvre. "Beyond that, we have a moral obligation to oppose - not encourage torture."