Cit­i­zen main­tains right to dis­agree

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

I would like to thank Mr. McKenna for his com­ments but to use his own words, they are rid­dled with mis­takes.

Mr. McKenna has re­ferred to Mr. Khadr as a child sol­dier. This is false.

One only has to re­fer to the tes­ti­mony of a lawyer named Howard Anglin who spoke be­fore the House of Com­mons’ In­ter­na­tional Hu­man Rights Sub­com­mit­tee on May 27th, 2008. At that time Mr. Anglin tes­ti­fied that Khadr was not a child sol­dier. In­ter­na­tional law states that a child sol­dier is a per­son un­der the age of 15 years. Any­one aged 15 years and on­ward is not a child sol­dier. At that same com­mit­tee it was de­ter­mined that Khadr could still be pros­e­cuted for the crime of trea­son, as there is no lim­i­ta­tion of ac­tion for that crime.

Se­condly, Mr. McKenna states I made a de­ter­mi­na­tion of who should or who shouldn’t have rights. I made no such de­ter­mi­na­tion. I wrote that in my opin­ion, Khadr’s rights and cit­i­zen­ship should have been for­feited when he de­cided to be­come an en­emy of Canada.

A very learned judge once pointed out to me that an opin­ion is nei­ther right or wrong, it is sim­ply that — an opin­ion, a point of view.

Don­ald Bartlett, Char­lot­te­town


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