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Things They Say

And probably wish they didn't

“Like a zombie in a B-movie, this issue won't stay down.” --- An unnamed Air Force officer comments on the spat between Stephen Harper and Peter MacKay over the colour scheme of the military’s VIP Airbus. Don’t you just love Tory infighting? (Canadian Press, Feb 13)

“It’s good for morale.” --- Speaking to reporters at a Bloc Quebecois general council meeting, Gilles Duceppe responds to an unheard-of 95.3 per cent vote of confidence in his leadership.(PostMedia, Feb 13)

“Radio-Canada, they lie all the time. Which media are you with?” --- Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, when asked by a reporter with the Canadian Press whether or not it was acceptable for a cabinet minister to lie and change a document à la Bev Oda. (Canadian Press, Feb 16)

“The minister (Jason Kenney) has effectively delivered our client into the hands of his executioners.” --- Joel Sandaluk, lawyer for 65-year-old asylum seeker, Han Lin Zeng, who was deported back to China last week. (Globe, Feb 16)

“We are asleep at the wheel here, choosing to ignore a threat to the global economy that is quite as bad as the credit crunch, quite possibly worse.” --- Jeremy Leggett, convener of the UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil and Energy Security. According to US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, Saudi Arabia can’t pump enough oil to keep a lid on prices. (Guardian, Feb 16)

“I've never been in a situation where I've gotten someone released three times and they're still in their prison reds. It's cruel and unusual.” --- Gabriel Chand, a lawyer for two Tamil asylum seekers whom the federal government is refusing to release from prison---despite repeatedly being ordered to do so by federal court judges. (CTV, Feb 20).

“We're sacrificing people on the roads to have our strawberries on time and to not have to pay too much for them.”
--- Alison Smiley, a Toronto university professor and an expert on driver fatigue, responds to a study that says Canadian trucking companies routinely violate U.S. road safety rules, fail to keep proper records, and drive longer than officials south of the border deem safe. (CBC, Feb 24)

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