Khadr should give the money back

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Our laws say we owe Khadr (July 6)

If the writer re­ally be­lieves this then the cur­rent law does not re­flect the se­ri­ous­ness and po­ten­tial con­se­quences of ter­ror­ism and it is time it was rewrit­ten.

As it stands the ex­ist­ing laws fail­ings are re­spon­si­ble for a known ter­ror­ist, who ad­mit­ted re­spon­si­bil­ity for the death of a U.S. sol­dier and the wound­ing of an­other, to re­ceive, courtesy of the Cana­dian tax­payer, a cheque equiv­a­lent to more than the av­er­age work­ing Cana­dian takes home in a life­time.

To rub salt into the wound the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment re­fuses to con­firm the ac­tual amount of the tax dol­lars they have handed over and in a cow­ardly move ex­pe­dited the pay­ment, in an ob­vi­ous at­tempt to pre­vent the fam­i­lies of the said sol­diers pre­sent­ing their case in a Cana­dian court and by do­ing so griev­ously in­sulted our south­ern neigh­bours.

There is noth­ing in this de­plorable and sor­did episode that the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment or the Supreme Court can be proud of. Khadr should do the de­cent thing and give the money back. Les Farrington, An­caster

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