Friday, June 17, 2005

I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey

Well, it's something, I guess: Gurmant Grewal has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing for his odd behaviour at the Vancouver Airport two weeks ago. OTTAWA (CP) - The Mounties and federal transportation regulators have dropped their investigations of Conservative MP Gurmant Grewal over an incident at Vancouver International Airport. Grewal had tried on June 4 to get other passengers in a waiting area of the airport to carry a package for him to Ottawa. But the RCMP say there was nothing criminal about the Newton-North Delta MP's actions. RCMP Cpl. Peter Thiessen has told a Richmond, B.C., newspaper that there might have been an offence had Grewal done what he allegedly did prior to clearing security screening. But Thiessen says since Grewal had already passed through security, there was no criminal offence. Transport Canada has also cleared Grewal of any wrongdoing. In a letter to the MP, the agency's manager of security operations says Grewal did not contravene the Aeronautics Act. None of that excuses painfully embarrassing spy-game-shenanigans on his part. But at least one potential PR lever has been taken away from the Liberal talking points, and you take your victories where you can find them... (Oy. A month ago, I'd never have thought that this - "Tory MP's Incredibly Suspicious Behaviour Not Actually Criminal" - is where we'd have to be looking for the slightest of victories. It's going to be a long summer.)

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