Khadr’s fans should re­im­burse the ob­jec­tors

Penticton Herald - - LETTERS -

Ed­i­tor: Af­ter try­ing to digest the silly sup­po­si­tions which ef­fec­tively pro­claims Omar Khadr a nice young man who did no wrong, as evinced by Gerry Klappe’s let­ter (Her­ald, July 26), it is worth putting an un­der­stand­able cost to this lat­est non­sen­si­cal ex­pen­di­ture out­rage gen­er­ated un­der the guise of the Char­ter of Rights and Free­doms.

The $10.5 mil­lion award or­dained un­der this well in­ten­tioned, but oft im­ped­i­ment to com­mon-sense judg­ment, statute, is to most an ab­strac­tion.

In ev­ery­day un­der­stand­able terms, the fig­ure rep­re­sents the to­tal 2016 fed­eral taxes paid by 2,333 work­ing Cana­di­ans, as­sum­ing a tax­able av­er­age in­come of $30,000 — no doubt a fig­ure on the high side.

Per­haps a ma­jor­ity of these un­will­ing con­trib­u­tors would pre­fer to see ter­ror­ist-sup­port­ing fam­i­lies de­ported or killers of any age in­el­i­gi­ble for pro­tec­tion un­der the mis­guided pre­cepts of Char­ter the­o­ries ,which op­er­ate iso­lated from the in­tent of the law and com­mon-sense.

Ob­jec­tors would be more than pleased if the ad­mir­ers of his ac­tions would like to step for­ward and re-re­im­burse the 2,333 face­less work­ing peo­ple.

John Thomas, Okana­gan Falls

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