Trudeau sold out on Khadr is­sue

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

I was read­ing an ar­ti­cle in the Toronto Sun about Omar Khadr. First I think the Toronto Sun is largely Con­ser­va­tive but the points made are valid. The ar­ti­cle ques­tioned why Justin Trudeau didn’t de­fend the law­suit by Khadr.

The ar­ti­cle pointed out Khadr was cap­tured by the United States and held by the United States, not Canada. Per­son­ally, I don’t con­demn the United States for its treat­ment of ter­ror­ists. Sec­ond, the ar­ti­cle pointed out Khadr’s rad­i­cal­iza­tion was un­der his fa­ther, Ahmed Said Khadr, not by Canada. Jean Chre­tien and Paul Martin were in power at the time.

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Canada vi­o­lated Khadr’s rights when CSIS and For­eign Af­fairs in­ter­viewed Khadr with­out a lawyer present and passed the in­for­ma­tion onto the United States. The ar­ti­cle pointed out had Trudeau fought the law­suit and lost, that Canada isn’t li­able for Khadr’s cap­ture or rad­i­cal­iza­tion and could have re­duced the dam­ages.

I, like the rest of the 71 per cent of Cana­di­ans, think Trudeau sold Canada out and should have fought to the bit­ter end. I don’t think Canada should al­low any­one who fights our al­lies back to our coun­try.

John W.A. Cur­tis, Sum­mer­side

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