Denis Coderre should take a pill and calm down. The Citizenship and Immigration Minister is waxing indignant, sputtering that just about everyone owes Ottawa an apology over the affair -- apparently a hoax -- involving five mystery men sneaking into the United States from Canada.
Yes, the FBI comes out of this looking foolish and with its credibility for future public security alerts in tatters.
Yes, Senator Hillary Clinton fuelled media coverage with her claims the five men had entered New York state.
Yes, President George W. Bush raised public fears to a near-frenzy by ordering a nationwide FBI manhunt.
And, yes, there were enough holes and credulity-stretchers in the FBI's convoluted story about forged passports from Brampton, an international smuggling ring and a Pakistani jeweller that we noted in this space a week ago that it simply didn't add up.
But Coderre does no one any service with his querulous, long-winded demands for apologies from Clinton, the FBI and even Ontario Public Safety and Security Minister Bob Runciman, who spoke about people entering Canada without proper documentation and then disappearing. Source.