From Well-Known Human Rights Activist To Minister’s Wife
Nazanin Afshin-Jam is an Iranian born singer, actress and an outspoken human rights activist. She speaks out against the Iranian regime and pushes for Canada to take action.
Already in July, she made headlines calling out TD Canada Trust bank for closing the accounts of several Iranian-Canadians without any explanation. Unfortunately, the headlines screamed “Peter MacKay’s wife.”
Afshin-Jam married Canada’s Defense Minister last summer. When she first married MacKay, headlines called her a beauty queen – focusing on her looks rather than her more intellectual pursuits.
Another woman reduced to her marital status despite her long list of qualifications.
Now Afshin-Jam has told the Charlottetown Guardian that Canada needs to bring Omar Khadr home. Khadr is a Canadian citizen, she says and “Omar Khadr was a child when he was involved in combat under the UN definition and so we should abide by the international laws and rules that we expect of other countries as well.”
It will be interesting to see whether MacKay gets any reaction about these comments, given that the Public Safety Minister, Vic Toews, declared his view that Khadr’s return would create a risk to public safety. (Meanwhile, the Harper government has assured American officials that Khadr’s transfer would happen in a timely manner).
With Peter MacKay already behind some embarrassments to the Prime Minister, will his new bride’s unwillingness to quiet down and tow the party line cause more friction and finally get him kicked out of Cabinet?
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