Canada's first lady plays new kind of hostess – fighting for Iranian women
23-Nov-2010 (2 comments)

Laureen Harper is stepping out of her comfort zone and into the complicated world of human rights.

the prime ministerial wives who preceded her, Mrs. Harper has tread
carefully, avoiding contentious issues and controversial causes.

she is seen lending her name and considerable energies to arts galas,
animal welfare issues – and the farm girl from Turner Valley, Alta., has
been known to milk cows for charity and carve a mean pumpkin for the
local kids’ trick or treating at 24 Sussex Dr. on Halloween.

But the plight of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman who
was sentenced to death by stoning for alleged adultery, was different.
Her circumstances compelled Mrs. Harper to move out from behind the
curtain of safe causes and into the realm of geopolitics.

Tuesday, Mrs. Harper played host at the Prime Minister’s official
residence to a roundtable of activists from the Iranian community,
human-rights experts and a handful of journalists. She was joined by
Heather Reisman, the CEO of Indigo Books and Music, who launched a
petition last summer to save Ms. Ashtiani.

For two hours, the 14-member group brainstormed about ways to keep the spotlight on Ms. Ashtiani’s case.

has strong views on all sorts of issues, but she normally suppresses
them so as not to give rise to media stories,” said... >>>

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I dare to ask...

by comrade on

Where was she when multi-million dollar financial footholds were being built by IRI in Canada? Where was she when reactionary forces were pushing to integrate Sharia law into the Canadian Civil Code? Where was she when Canada didn't abide the Kyoto accord? Where was she when the thorny issue of Omar Khadr's trial was raised? Learning her limits, I suppose.   

Never increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities required to explain anything.




by yolanda on

I am glad to hear that the Candian 1st lady is so involved in the cause to save Sakineh's life! This world is full of different is amazing that Sakineh's case has united the whole world to fight IRI's is just awesome!

Thank you for posting the article.