Michelle Rempel needs to get angry more often.
The 36-year-old former Conservative cabinet minister, now the Official Opposition critic for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, was the driving force behind Tuesday’s 313-0 House of Commons vote requiring Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government to get its act together and open Canada’s doors to the persecuted Yazidi minority of Iraqi Kurdistan.
From her patient negotiations to build a consensus across party lines, and from her eloquence in the House debates leading up to Tuesday’s vote, you’d never know how angry Rempel has been. For two long years, pathetic excuses and institutional incompetence have prevented Canadians from making any use of themselves at all in coming to terms with the Yazidi genocide.
There was perhaps a hint of anger last week in Rempel’s address to Parliament. Even so, her speech was a masterwork of meticulous argument, oratory and moral …
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