Further to this post, the president is acting ever more as an untrammeled overlord:
Turkish opposition newspaper turns pro-government after state takeover
Turkish President Erdogan threatens [constitutional] court’s ‘existence after it releases two journalists
The court’s ruling was ‘against the country’, he said
It’s time to turn our backs on Erdogan’s Turkey
But Mr Saunders himself points out why for Realpolitik reasons that simply will not happen at this time:
Canada and its allies are relying on Turkey [vs ISIS–see here for US]. Our military campaign in northern Iraq and Syria, to which Ottawa is contributing more than 800 trainers and special forces, would not function without the active co-operation, including access to military bases and border openings, provided by Turkey, a long-time fellow NATO member. And Turkey, which has received and is housing close to three million Syrian refugees, is seen as being vital in preventing the refugee flood into Europe from becoming less manageable – so vital that the European Union this week struck a deal in which the Turks, in exchange for reducing the refugee flow, will be given visa-free travel in Europe, billions in financing and a more direct pathway toward eventual EU membership [in some truly fantastical future–no way EU members will allow free access to some 75 million Muslims]…
So how can the nasty contradictions be squared?