Change the law about com­pen­sat­ing vic­tims

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Omar Khadr

The over­whelm­ing pub­lic ob­jec­tion to the Trudeau gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to make Omar Khadr an in­stant mul­ti­mil­lion­aire should cause re­flec­tion by all elected politi­cians to ques­tion the law that al­lows in­di­vid­u­als, no mat­ter how se­ri­ous the grievance, to sue the Cana­dian tax­payer in the guise of the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment.

Too of­ten these suits are no more than op­por­tunis­tic grabs by in­di­vid­u­als and ‘big pay day’ lawyers.

It is time the gov­ern­ment and the Supreme Court took a long, hard look at the fi­nan­cial re­ward­ing as­pect of civil rights claims and brought it more in line with the court of pub­lic opin­ion, par­tic­u­larly when it con­cerns known ter­ror­ists. Les Far­ring­ton, An­caster

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