Let courts de­cide on Khadr set­tle­ment

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Omar Khadr

What grates on most Cana­di­ans’ sense of fair play, re­spect and de­cency about the $10.5 mil­lion awarded to Omar Khadr is the se­crecy be­hind it all and the lack of trans­parency in yet an­other round of bro­ken prom­ises by Justin (Sunny Ways) Trudeau. This back room deal was all done in an at­tempt to pre­vent the Amer­i­cans from get­ting their hands on any of it and in not want­ing Cana­dian tax­pay­ers hav­ing a say in it.

When it comes down to be­ing ac­count­able for their wrong-headed de­ci­sions, Trudeau and cab­i­net are happy to blame every­one else. While the Supreme Court ruled that “rights are not sub­ject to the whims of the govern­ment of the day,” Trudeau con­ve­niently for­got to men­tion that it was the Lib­er­als un­der Chré­tien and Martin who were the govern­ment of the day and not the Con­ser­va­tives when Khadr’s rights were vi­o­lated. Fur­ther­more, nei­ther Chré­tien nor Martin made any at­tempt to repa­tri­ate Khadr and it was Harper who even­tu­ally ac­com­plished that, al­beit re­luc­tantly. And fi­nally, the Supreme Court made no men­tion of pay­ing Khadr any money. Let the courts de­cide on any com­pen­sa­tion. Phil Ro­maker, Hamil­ton

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