Re: "Lacking Conviction: Ottawa's record on extraditing or convicting the war criminals in our midst is abysmal", Edmonton Journal, April 21, 2002.
While Canadians support prosecution of persons accused of modern day war crimes allegedly committed in foreign countries, the same is not true in relation to the federal Justice Department's Second World War "war crimes" program.
The Southam News article [by Juliet O'Neill] should have made that distinction.
The article would have served the interests of accurate and truthful reporting as well by getting a few facts straight:
The words of Clayton Ruby, written in relation to the Ontario government's selective prosecution approach, are equally applicable to the federal government's denaturalization and deportation policy: "We as a society are determined to avoid convicting the innocent, and to that end, we require an exacting standard of proof that is not required in everyday life, but is close to absolute certainty. This is not some peripheral, minor issue in a criminal trial. In the end, the choice is stark: either we provide fair trials to those accused of crime ... or we arbitrarily select some people for less-than-fundamental justice because it suits the attorney-general of the day."
Civil Liberties Standing Committee,
Alberta Ukrainian Self-Reliance League,