Harper Government 'Flips' Then 'Flops' On Afghan Prisoner Fiasco
Prime Minister Stephen Harper appeared to contradict his Defence Minister by telling the House of Commons that there is no formal agreement with Afghanistan about access to detainees handed over by Canadian troops. A day earlier, Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor told the Commons foreign affairs committee that a deal had been struck to allow Canadian officials to check on the treatment of captured insurgents "any time they wanted."
Harper then denied there was any problem at all.
At that point Stockwell Day got involved. The Public Safety Minister then stunned the Opposition parties by saying corrections officers have always had access to Afghan detainees after they have been transferred to Afghan officials.