Re­fresh­ing to read Khadr ob­ser­va­tions

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Khadr car­toon and ed­i­to­rial July 7

The re­ac­tion of many is nicely cap­tured by Graeme MacKay’s car­toon, show­ing an al­most apoplec­tic per­son. Cer­tainly it ex­presses the feel­ings of many Cana­di­ans and in par­tic­u­lar that of the Con­ser­va­tive party. It was re­fresh­ing to read John Roe mak­ing some very as­tute and bal­anced ob­ser­va­tions.

Leader An­drew Scheer and very-much-in­volved-with Khadr-in- the-past Stephen Harper have al­ready weighed in with very neg­a­tive com­ments about this de­ci­sion. We might re­mem­ber that the gov­ern­ments of Jean Chré­tien, Paul Martin and Stephen Harper were at times in power dur­ing this decade-plus or­deal. By now the money has been trans­ferred to Khadr. It would be in­ter­est­ing to find out how his saviour ac­tivist lawyer Den­nis Ed­ney will be com­pen­sated for all his pro bono work. Also if the small King’s Col­lege, out­side Ed­mon­ton, will get a gift in recog­ni­tion of its pro­fes­sors who have stood by Khadr, en­sur­ing he re­ceived a ba­sic education. In early days some even ven­tured down to that GITMO hell­hole to be with him.

My chances of find­ing out are likely on par with the Con­ser­va­tives stop­ping ham­mer­ing the Lib­er­als for mak­ing this “dis­gust­ing pay­out” ... our Supreme Court be damned. Sound fa­mil­iar? Richard Ring, Grimsby

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