Kevin Soren­son Re­ports

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Kevin Soren­son M.P. Bat­tle River-Crow­foot Con­stituency

Trudeau’s Se­cret Pay­out & Apol­ogy to Khadr is Wrong

Ev­ery­where that I go in Bat­tle River-Crow­foot, con­stituents are mak­ing sure that as their Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, I know their opin­ion that Prime Min­is­ter Trudeau’s se­cret pay­ment and apol­ogy to con­victed ter­ror­ist Omar Khadr is wrong. Our democ­racy and free­dom of speech is a main part of what ter­ror­ists in many places around the world ab­hor about our western val­ues. I thank ev­ery­one who has con­tacted me to ex­press their view, as al­ways.

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau’s gov­ern­ment has paid mil­lions of tax­payer dol­lars in com­pen­sa­tion to Omar Khadr. The Lib­eral gov­ern­ment re­fuses to tell Cana­di­ans just how much of our money has been given to Omar Khadr.

Con­ser­va­tives be­lieve that it is one thing to ac­knowl­edge al­leged mis­treat­ments by other coun­tries, but it is an­other to se­cretly award a con­victed ter­ror­ist that mur­dered an al­lied sol­dier-medic. This was Justin Trudeau’s choice and he is re­spon­si­ble for the de­ci­sion. The Supreme Court of Canada did not in­struct the Prime Min­is­ter of Canada to give one cent to Omar Khadr. Repa­tri­a­tion was the proper rem­edy to the Supreme Court’s 2010 rul­ing on the vi­o­la­tion of Khadr’s Char­ter rights and that’s why Con­ser­va­tives brought him back to Canada.

Many folks be­lieve that Omar Khadr’s pur­suit of this mat­ter through the courts since his re­turn to Canada is a mea­sure of his lack of grat­i­tude and con­tin­ued feel­ing of con­tempt for western val­ues. The se­cret na­ture of Justin Trudeau’s deal may thwart le­gal ef­forts to en­sure Khadr is re­quired to pay any money to his vic­tim’s widow and two chil­dren.

Many con­sider Trudeau’s choice as an act of dis­re­spect to the men and women in Canada’s mil­i­tary, and the na­tions and mil­i­tary per­son­nel al­lied with Canada. To­gether, we fight ter­ror­ism and our mil­i­tary per­son­nel face in­cred­i­ble dan­ger ev­ery day in this on-go­ing bat­tle. When a Cana­dian sol­dier is killed or in­jured in bat­tle, the Gov­ern­ment of Canada pro­vides a lump sum pay­ment up to a max­i­mum of $360,000. De­spite this, the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment is will­ing to pro­vide mil­lions of dol­lars and apol­o­gize to a con­victed ter­ror­ist who ac­tively sought to kill Cana­dian and al­lied sol­diers.

Our thoughts con­tinue to be with Christo­pher Speer’s widow and fam­ily, who must re­live their or­deal ev­ery time this is­sue comes up in the me­dia. Given Mr. Khadr’s ad­mis­sion of guilt, Con­ser­va­tives are call­ing on him to give any set­tle­ment money to Sergeant Speer`s fam­ily.

Trudeau claims that when the Chre­tienMartin Lib­eral govern­ments vi­o­lated Khadr’s Char­ter rights, “we all end up pay­ing for it”. He is say­ing that his fa­ther’s Char­ter im­plies all Cana­di­ans share in the guilt of the Chre­tienMartin govern­ments, so all Cana­di­ans must pay. As Prime Min­is­ter, Justin Trudeau made sure Cana­di­ans paid mil­lions of tax­payer dol­lars and apol­o­gized to the con­victed ter­ror­ist whose Char­ter rights were vi­o­lated. The vast ma­jor­ity of Cana­di­ans con­tinue to think this is wrong.

If you have any ques­tions or con­cerns re­gard­ing this or pre­vi­ous col­umns you may write me at 4945-50th Street, Cam­rose, Al­berta, T4V 1P9, call 780-608-4600, toll-free 1-800-6654358, fax 780-608-4603 or e-mail Kevin.Soren­son.c1@parl.gc.ca.

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