Liv­ing freely in Canada should be com­pen­sa­tion enough

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Editorial -

I wish to com­ment on the Omar Khadr apol­ogy/com­pen­sa­tion deal re­ported in The Tele­gram July 11.

The Trudeau gov­ern­ment, in its usual craven fash­ion, sneak­ily handed over $10 mil­lion of our tax money and an apol­ogy to Khadr for sup­pos­edly vi­o­lat­ing his Char­ter rights. Suf­fi­cient re­dress for Khadr is his abil­ity to live free in our great coun­try with the same right of all of us to work hard for a liv­ing and con­trib­ute to Cana­dian so­ci­ety.

There is a ready le­gal so­lu­tion to the greatly wrong and di­vi­sive hand­ing over to this “former” Is­lamist ter­ror­ist mil­lions of our money and an apol­ogy. Sim­ply this: there is some­thing called the Cana­dian Char­ter of Rights. In said Char­ter is the notwith­stand­ing clause, which al­lows for the gov­ern­ment in an ap­pro­pri­ate case to re­move the ap­pli­ca­tion of those rights. Plainly, such a case is Omar Khadr. Our Par­lia­ment sim­ply has to pro­claim leg­is­la­tion: “An Act Re­spect­ing Omar Khadr” which would in­voke the notwith­stand­ing clause re­mov­ing any obli­ga­tion for the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment to pay any com­pen­sa­tion or apol­ogy to Omar Khadr. This would be a fair and just so­lu­tion in this par­tic­u­lar case be­cause — in court lan­guage — Khadr does not come to court with “clean hands,” as was the sit­u­a­tion in an ear­lier case of fed­eral gov­ern­ment com­pen­sa­tion.

Omar Khadr has his free­dom; he can live and work in Canada. He can now start prov­ing he is wor­thy to be called a Cana­dian.

Robin Reid St. Johns

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