Wednesday, February 28, 2007

MP's 'extremist' comment draws Liberal fire

Ottawa: Liberals are demanding that a Conservative member of Parliament apologize for saying that there are "extremist elements" within the Liberal party.
Poilievre remarks come in the wake of Tuesday's vote over extending anti-terrorism measures that provide authorities with special arrest and investigative powers. The measures, which are set to expire Thursday, were introduced by the Liberals following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. But Liberal Leader St├ęphane Dion opposes extending some of the provisions.
"All of us are looking to understand why the Liberals have had this sudden flip-flop. We're looking for an explanation of their motives," Poilievre said. "Now we know that a lot of extremist groups and people with some very hard left-wing views have advocated for a long time that these provisions should be scrapped."
Poilievre alleged that many of those people supported Dion's leadership bid.
He also said that some with the Liberal caucus want to legalize Hezbollah, and shut down the investigation into the 1985 Air India bombing.
Liberal MP Omar Alghabra called Poilievre's comments "outrageous, slanderous" and demanded an apology.
27/02/07 CBC Toronto, Canada