I am not so partisan in my thinking that I can't acknowledge when a Conservative makes a very serious mistake.
According to a story from the Canadian Press, reprinted here at CTV, Conservative MP Jason Kenney has just come under fire for attending a rally hosted by a terrorist organization.
A photograph of Kenney at an April rally, organized by the Committee in Defense of Human Rights in Iran, appears on the website of the National Council of Resistance of Iran... The council is the political wing of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), which is one of the names used by the Mujaheedin-e-Khalq. The Mujaheedin-e-Khalq is an armed Iranian rebel group formally designated as a terror group by the governments of Canada, the United States and the European Union.
The Liberals are, of course, licking their chops in delight and throwing about the word "hypocrite." In my opinion, they should be more careful with their choice of wording. There is a big difference between unknowingly attending a rally hosted by terrorists and deliberately calling for a terrorist organization to be removed from our list. One is a sin of ignorance; the other is deliberate.
I should mention that it does not surprise me at all that a terrorist group would hide behind a Human Rights Committee. In fact, it's the sort of thing I have come to expect from people like this. What do people think terrorist organizations do? Come right out and say "Hey! Here we are?"
The smartest thing for the Conservatives to do at this point would be to issue some sort of apology for their ignorance. They should make a statement indicating that they will do better research on the hosts of whatever rallies they attend from now on. To make excuses for what happened would only make matters worse.