OTTAWA—I have been a supporter of Amnesty International and its work for decades. I admire the positions it adopts and the advocacy it employs in the interests of prisoners of conscience, among other good work. But I have not always agreed with Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty International Canada. He has often been critical of our national security architecture—his defence of Omar Khadr as a ‘child soldier’ is just one example—as is his right. Organizations such as CSIS and the RCMP need their gadfly, but his recent take on the problems with Canada’s visa immigration system is beyond reason.
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