...proves he doesn't need a woman around to make him act stupid. On Monday, Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay claimed that Canada had won a commitment from China not to execute Huseyin Celil, a Chinese-Canadian being held somewhere within the People's Republic on terror-related charges.
Celil's lawyer lawyer said he was interested to hear MacKay's comment about a guarantee:
"I think we take our small victories where we find them,'' said [Chris] MacLeod.
"If China's saying they guarantee they won't execute him, I'd like a lot more than that, obviously. It's great he's alive but I'd like a guarantee he won't face cruel and unusual punishment while he's alive.''
Except that no such commitment was given!
... a spokesman for MacKay later said Canada never received a direct assurance from China, but that the minister meant Beijing would live up to a commitment it made to Uzbekistan when it asked that Celil be sent to China.
In trying to play up the results of Harper's "gutsy" new stance towards China and its President Hu Jintao, it appears that MacKay gilded the lily and then had it blow up in his face.
In light of this, Harper's strategy of shunting his Ministers off to one side and funneling important decisions/statements through his own office starts to make more sense. Nevertheless, it is startling that the Tory talent pool is so shallow that they can't even scare up a decent Foreign Affairs Minister.