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Headshot of Campbell Clark for logos of Ottawa bureau staff. June 18, 2010.
Headshot of Campbell Clark for logos of Ottawa bureau staff. June 18, 2010.
(Brigitte Bouvier for The Globe and Mail/Brigitte Bouvier for The Globe and Mail)

If Ottawa’s restrained tone with Egypt is more than tactics, it’s a big mistake

Some time pretty soon, the Canadian government will have to decide whether to abandon its efforts to warm up relations with Egypt and instead treat it as an unfriendly dictatorship.

The test is the treatment of Mohammed Fahmy, the Egyptian-Canadian journalist sentenced to seven years in jail, along with two others working for al-Jazeera. They were, in effect, found guilty of journalism the government didn’t like.