Harper was complicit in Khadr’s torture
RE: Let courts decide Khadr settlement (July 18)
Phil Romaker is once again taking cheap and unfounded shots at Justin Trudeau and his cabinet. He claims a total lack of transparency in the $10.5-million award to Omar Khadr and somehow manages to absolve his disgraced hero, Stephen Harper, from any responsibility. Harper was PM from February 2006 until November 2015, over nine years in power. He did absolutely nothing to resolve this blemish on Canada’s reputation in the world community. He was indirectly complicit in the use of torture against a Canadian citizen.
It is Romaker who conveniently forgets to mention that had Trudeau not settled for this amount, the total award could have been three to four times this figure. Asking the courts to decide on compensation, as Romaker suggested, could have been very costly to the Canadian taxpayer.
Australia, Britain and Sweden have also recently paid settlements to terror suspects subjected to torture.
In addition, Harper’s government paid $10 million in 2007 to Maher Arar, another Canadian national subjected to torture by the U.S. government. Harper, in fact, set the Canadian precedent for out of court settlements to Canadian victims of torture but chose to ignore Khadr’s case.
The letter writer needs to provide all the facts to allow Spec readers to make an informed decision on this case. Carl Fiamelli, Ancaster