Open arms and a chequebook
I won’t try to rebut Richard Deaton’s legal standings or his take on Omar Khadr’s expedited payout by the Liberal government, but like many other Canadians I feel that I’ve been around the block a few times and base my judgment of this issue on moral grounds.
Much to the dismay of some of the bleeding hearts out there, the previous government was elected to take a stand on issues and some of them required moral judgment.
Perhaps the constitution should be amended so that this type of issue — where someone leaves this country to essentially fight against it and its own allies — would not be protected and those citizenship rights thus forfeited.
It is highly doubtful that Mr. Deaton would find any of his former students that had put their lives on the line in the Middle East supportive of his views, and would instead find his legal opinion contrite and hard to swallow.
A number of years ago, a very wise person taught me that you have to take a stand for something, or you end up falling for everything. It seems to me that Mr. Deaton and his supporters are of the latter group, and are waiting there with open arms and a chequebook.
North Vancouver, B.C.