Khadr deal vic­tory for law and or­der

Toronto Star - - WORLD -

Re Cana­dian deal is far from un­prece­dented, July 11 The hos­til­ity by most Cana­di­ans to the Khadr case clearly re­veals their need of a ba­sic les­son in civics — “the the­o­ret­i­cal, po­lit­i­cal and prac­ti­cal as­pects of cit­i­zen­ship . . . the du­ties of cit­i­zens to each other . . .”

One of Canada’s core val­ues is that we are a coun­try gov­erned by the rule of law, yet many of its cit­i­zens are obliv­i­ous to this fact. The pay­out to Khadr is not a re­ward for his be­hav­iour. In­stead, it’s a pun­ish­ment for the mis­be­haviour of his coun­try, Canada, to­ward one of its cit­i­zens. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that —“Canada ac­tively par­tic­i­pated in a process con­trary to its in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights obli­ga­tions and con­trib­uted to K’s on­go­ing de­ten­tion so as to de­prive him of his right to lib­erty and se­cu­rity of the per­son, guar­an­teed by s. 7 of the Char­ter, not in ac­cor­dance with the prin­ci­ples of fun­da­men­tal jus­tice.” Canada con­tra­vened the le­gal rights of one of its cit­i­zens and as such should com­pen­sate him for the in­jus­tice done to him.

The court’s penalty is a le­gal vic­tory for law and or­der and should be ac­knowl­edged as such by ev­ery ci­ti­zen, lib­er­als and con­ser­va­tives alike — be­cause one day, this rule of law might be ap­plied to them. It’s not about Khadr — it’s about us. This case law proves that er­rors have a cost but more so that the law will even­tu­ally pre­vail.

It should be trou­bling for all of us to dis­cover that we live in a coun­try where so many peo­ple don’t ap­pre­ci­ate one of its core val­ues — the rule of law. But rest as­sured. Canada has just been put on no­tice to pro­tect its own — it’s the rule of law of the land. Tony D’An­drea, Toronto

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