Saturday, July 15, 2017

------“When governments violate Canadians’ fundamental rights, there have to be consequences and we hope that the message going forward to all future governments is: you can not ignore or be complicit in the violation of Canadians fundamental rights, regardless of what they did,” said Trudeau.--------Julie Ali · University of Alberta Congratulations Mr. Trudeau for standing up for the rights and freedoms of citizens. Of course it would have been better if this case had never happened so we're not paying out millions for previous government incompetence but there you go. If folks who are against this payout would imagine what happened to Mr. Khadr happening to them -then I'd imagine that there would be agreement over this payout. Good job Mr. Trudeau.


https://ipolitics.ca/2017/07/11/whos-to-blame-for-the-khadr-payout-stephen-harper-mostly/

Who's to blame for the Khadr payout? Stephen Harper, mostly.

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This is what ignoring the rule of law costs: $10 million and change

Ian Greene

Ian Greene

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

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Since July 4, Canadians have been embroiled in a debate about the the Canadian government’s $10.5 million payment to settle Omar Khadr’s lawsuit over illegal imprisonment and treatment.
Three points stand out: the abandonment of the rule of law by some public servants and cabinet ministers; the dangers of obfuscating the truth; and the sense that it is unfair for all Canadians to pay so much for the serious errors of a few.
The rule of law is a key legal support for a democracy. Many were shocked when the George W. Bush administration ditched it in order to extract quick revenge for 9/11 by setting aside due process for those captured and sent to the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay. Of course, that was precisely the kind of reaction al Qaida wanted in its efforts to undermine U.S. democratic institutions.
When Khadr was 11, his father forced his son to leave Canada to fight for al Qaida in Afghanistan. Khadr did not want to go (what 11-year-old would?) and sometimes hid from his extremist father in Afghanistan.
In 2002, at the age of 15, Khadr ended up in a firefight with American forces. He says he remembers little of what happened. He was found by American soldiers buried under debris, badly wounded. Khadr was the only al Qaida member left alive in the compound — and U.S. medic Christopher Speer had been killed.
As the only al Qaida survivor, Khadr got the blame — despite of the absence of evidence, and in spite of being a child soldier. He should have been separated from adult prisoners and placed in a rehabilitation program, with Canada’s help.
Instead, the U.S. military shipped him to Guantanamo, where evidence against him could be concocted. At two points, in 2003 and 2004, Khadr was interviewed by Canadian officials who knew he had been sleep-deprived for weeks. The results of those interviews were provided to American officials — but not to Khadr, who was denied legal counsel.
Subsequently, the U.S. Supreme Court twice declared the “trial” process at Guantanamo Bay illegal under U.S. and international law.
Some Canadian lawyers were outraged when they heard about Khadr’s situation, and initiated litigation on his behalf. When the case reached the Supreme Court in 2008, the judges wrote that Khadr’s rights as a Canadian had been egregiously violated. According to their ruling, he was tortured into giving evidence. He had not been treated as a child soldier, as he should have been. The actions of Canadian officials violated the rule of law.
The SCC found that Khadr had the right to see the evidence against him. Subsequently, the House of Commons Subcommittee on International Human Rights recommended that Khadr be repatriated to Canada to be dealt with under Canadian law. But the Harper minority government was content to let Khadr languish in Guantanamo Bay, abandoning the traditional Conservative defence of the rule of law.
It was the Harper government’s decision to, from 2008 to 2015, ignore the Charter of Rights, the Supreme Court and Canada’s obligation to rehabilitate child soldiers.
open quote 761b1bIn an entirely just world, that settlement would be paid out personally by Harper and his cabinet colleagues.
This inaction resulted in the lion’s share of the $10.5 million paid to Khadr for being wrongfully imprisoned and mistreated. As I told my students in 2008, Khadr eventually would be entitled to a legal settlement from the Canadian government. The longer the government left him in Guantanamo, the larger the sum of money that would have to be paid out. In an entirely just world, that settlement would be paid out personally by Harper and his cabinet colleagues.
In 2008, Barack Obama won the presidential election in the U.S. Obama wanted to close the Guantanamo Bay facility, which had become a blight on the United States’ reputation for promotion of the rule of law. Republicans in Congress opposed Obama at every turn. Nevertheless, his administration wanted Khadr repatriated to Canada. That option was opposed by Stephen Harper, Jason Kenney, Andrew Scheer and other prominent Conservatives — again, increasing the amount of the settlement Khadr eventually would receive.
Because of the Harper government’s obstinacy, Khadr’s lawyers applied for a court order to have him repatriated. In 2010, the Supreme Court again unanimously reiterated the severity of the rights violations suffered by Khadr:
“Interrogation of a youth, to elicit statements about the most serious criminal charges while detained in these conditions and without access to counsel, and while knowing that the fruits of the interrogations would be shared with the U.S. prosecutors, offends the most basic Canadian standards about the treatment of detained youth suspects.”
The Court left it to the government to find a remedy for Khadr’s rights violations. The government still refused to repatriate Khadr — while all other Guantanamo prisoners who were citizens of Western nations were being repatriated by their governments. As a result, the amount of Khadr’s eventual settlement continued to climb.
Because of the Harper government’s refusal to cooperate with the Obama administration, Khadr’s lawyers faced the prospect of a conviction in the illegal court in Guantanamo, based on evidence induced by torture. Khadr could have been sentenced to life in Guantanamo with no possibility of release. Or he could have pleaded guilty to an offence he never committed in exchange for an eight-year sentence and the right to serve it in Canada. Clearly, there was no sensible option for Khadr other than to lie and plead guilty — which he did in 2010.
The Harper government continued to resist his repatriation to Canada until 2012, when he was transferred from Guantanamo to a jail in Alberta. His lawyers initiated an appeal of Khadr’s conviction at Guantanamo in the mainland U.S. Given the likelihood that Khadr would win, a judge released him on bail — a decision the Harper government vehemently denounced.
Those who claim that Khadr “admitted” to killing an American soldier overlook these circumstances. He is the only child soldier to have been prosecuted for a war crime since the conventions protecting child soldiers were instituted several decades ago.
Thanks to a group of Christians in Edmonton, Khadr is attending post-secondary education. He hopes to become a nurse. He has renounced al Qaida and other such terror groups, and now speaks out against them.
Not only did Canadian officials violate the rule of law when dealing with Khadr in 2003 and 2004, but from 2008 to 2015, the Harper government openly flouted the rule of law on a number of occasions. These violations tied in with the government’s narrative about Khadr — that he was a convicted terrorist who would pose a danger to Canada. By obfuscating the facts in this way, the government tangled itself deeper and deeper in a web of untruths.
That web still entangles key Conservative party leaders. Had they been willing to describe the Khadr saga in a more balanced way from the start, the Harper government would have been in a position to repatriate Khadr much sooner, thus substantially reducing the $10.5 million settlement.
Make no mistake: Khadr’s lawsuit would have succeeded eventually. The Trudeau government had no choice but to pay up — and the sooner the better, to minimize the total amount.
What can be done about the legitimate annoyance many Canadians feel over being forced, as taxpayers, to shell out for the serious mistakes of public servants and cabinet ministers? What incentive is there for public servants and politicians to not repeat those errors, when taxpayers are always liable in the end?
Unless a lawsuit can be directed at individuals in government rather than the government itself, the threat of legal action is only a minor incentive for politicians to honour the rule of law. What would help is a better understanding among public officials and politicians about the nature of the rule of law — and the pitfalls of distorting reality.

The views, opinions and positions expressed by all iPolitics columnists and contributors are the author’s alone. They do not inherently or expressly reflect the views, opinions and/or positions of iPolitics.






The law trumps everything else. When the government breaks the law at any level they need to provide compensation.
Because the past federal governments were incompetent we pay for the Khadr case.
Maybe folks should direct their invective against failed government performance in this case rather than Mr. Khadr?

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About time that Mr.Trudeau got off the fence and spoke of the human rights abuses that lead to the settlement with Mr. Khadr. If folks would look at this case in terms of the law and not emotionally then they would see that this was a settlement because government ignored the law. If government ignores the law they should pay for it.


Justin Trudeau offered his strongest defence yet of his government’s $10.5-million settlement with Omar Khadr on Saturday, saying he hopes it serves as an example…
CALGARYHERALD.COM

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http://calgaryherald.com/news/national/justin-trudeau-offers-strongest-defence-yet-of-omar-khadr-settlement-at-calgary-stampede

Justin Trudeau offers strongest defence yet of Omar Khadr settlement at Calgary Stampede

Published on: July 15, 2017 | Last Updated: July 15, 2017 6:11 PM MDT
Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau during his visit to the 2017 Calgary Stampede. AL CHAREST/POSTMEDIA
Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau during his visit to the 2017 Calgary Stampede. AL CHAREST/POSTMEDIA
Justin Trudeau offered his strongest defence yet of his government’s $10.5-million settlement with Omar Khadr on Saturday, saying he hopes it serves as an example to future governments.
“When governments violate Canadians’ fundamental rights, there have to be consequences and we hope that the message going forward to all future governments is: you can not ignore or be complicit in the violation of Canadians fundamental rights, regardless of what they did,” said Trudeau.
The prime minister spoke at the Indian Village on the Calgary Stampede grounds, initially reiterating what he’s been saying for the past few days: he understands why people are frustrated but he thinks the government would have lost the case to Khadr if they had fought in court, and it would have cost between $30-40 million in the process. Trudeau then went on to offer the more strident human rights defence.
Trudeau spent the day in Calgary, attending two pancake breakfasts in the morning before visiting the Indian Village in the afternoon and rounding off the day at the rodeo.
He’s faced widespread criticism over the past few days over the Khadr payment. Khadr fought against coalition forces in Afghanistan as a 15 year old, before being sent to Guantanamo Bay where he was repeatedly tortured.
The prime minister initially wasn’t planning on coming to Stampede this year due to a scheduling conflict with the United States’ National Governors Association conference in Rhode Island. However, he managed to get to all his meetings at the conference, including a sit-down with vice-president Mike Pence, scheduled for Friday, freeing him up to spend time in Calgary on Saturday.
The prime minister largely had a friendly reception in the city, although he spent most of his time in solid Liberal territory.
Trudeau started the day by meeting Mayor Naheed Nenshi. Neither the mayor nor the prime minister took any questions from the press.
Next he went to the Marda Loop Communities Association Stampede breakfast with Liberal Calgary Centre MP and Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr. The prime minister was greeted by a little girl in a pink cowboy hat, whose cast he signed and a little boy who got him to sign a copy of the Marvel Civil War comic book in which Trudeau appears on the cover as part of the Canadian super hero team Alpha Fight.
Trudeau declined to weigh in on the decision of interim NDP leader Tom Mulcair and the candidates running for the federal NDP leadership, to skip Stampede, simply saying: “I’m not going to comment on decisions that other political parties make.”

He said that several people teased him about his failure to mention Alberta during a Canada Day speech, but they were generally understanding of his explanation that it was a honest mistake.








Julie Ali · 

Congratulations Mr. Trudeau for standing up for the rights and freedoms of citizens. Of course it would have been better if this case had never happened so we're not paying out millions for previous government incompetence but there you go. If folks who are against this payout would imagine what happened to Mr. Khadr happening to them -then I'd imagine that there would be agreement over this payout.
Good job Mr. Trudeau.
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Peter Fit · 

Shame...
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Penny Russell Leman
You are wrong. The alleged abuses took place under the Cretien and Martin LIberal governments. Mr. Harper repatriated him, but would never have settled out of court because Mr Khdar's accusations of torture had never been proven in a Canadian court of law. The assertion by Mr. Trudeau that it would have cost 30 - 40 million dollars by all accounts has no basis in fact. His payout of 10.5 million was purely a political move that backfired because the very wealthy trust fund child that is our prime minister is woefully out of touch with the majority of Canadians on this issue.
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Julie Ali · 

Penny Russell Leman I don't agree with you. Mr. Harper is responsible for this payout. https://ipolitics.ca/.../whos-to-blame-for-the-khadr.../ It was the Harper government’s decision to, from 2008 to 2015, ignore the Charter of Rights, the Supreme Court and Canada’s obligation to rehabilitate child soldiers.

This inaction resulted in the lion’s share of the $10.5 million paid to Khadr for being wrongfully imprisoned and mistreated. As I told my students in 2008, Khadr eventually would be entitled to a legal settlement from the Canadian government. The longer the government left him in Guantanamo, the larger the sum of money that would have to be paid out. In an entirely just world, that settlement would be paid out personally by Harper and his cabinet colleagues.
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Julie Ali · 

Peter Fit Shame for what? For doing the right thing? Give me a break.
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Abraham Shtevi
if this settlement was the right thing to do then why was it a secret
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Julie Ali · 

Abraham Shtevi I don't know. Maybe you can enlighten us.
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Penny Russell Leman
Julie Ali Are you saying that the Cretien and Martin governments that were in power at the time the alleged abuses took place are not responsible at all for any of this? Why didn't they repatriate him then instead of leaving him in Guatanamo for Mr. Harper to deal with? They had the power to do so and did not. Making a bad situation worse. And please respond to Mr. Trudeau settling out of court and authorizing the rich payout before a Canadian court of law could rule on the allegations of torture. As I said earlier, his assertion as to the cost has been totally unproven and in fact there is no determination made of how he even came up with those dollar figures. The Supreme Court ruled there had been human rights abuse but they NEVER said that a rich payout was required by the government to address that. I stand by my assertion that the prime minister misread the will of Canadian people to battle this suit to the end, and this award was not necessary or just.
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Julie Ali · 

Penny Russell Leman The previous governments whether Liberal or Conservatives did not follow the rule of law.This is why we are paying the compensation from our tax dollars. Government incompetence, indifference and failures.
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Penny Russell Leman
Julie Ali Previously you said "Mr. Harper is responsible for this payout", and now you say the previous governments did not follow the rule of law - which I agree with. Having said that now, how do you defend the Prime Minister authorizing this rich payout without the allegations of torture made by an admitted terrorist even being heard in a Canadian court of law? A clear majority of Canadians (regardless of their political leaning) would have preferred to wait until Khdar's allegations or torture and abuse were proven or disproven here before a settlement was determined. It was wrong to not allow justice to run its course in this matter. It is my feeling that Mr. Trudeau will suffer politically for this decision. And rightly so.
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Julie Ali · 

Penny Russell Leman Look, I am not a lawyer. Lawyers have decided this case. Maybe we should believe that the legal professionals know what they are doing as well as the court system?
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Penny Russell Leman
Julie Ali I'm not a lawyer either, but you seemed to have strong opinions and be a reasonably good debater. I also agree that the legal profession should know what they are doing as well as the court system. I am just dissappointed that our Prime Minister did not feel the same and gave away millions of hard earned taxpayer dollars to a terrorist instead of letting the Canadian court system do its job. Have a good evening.
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Julie Ali · 

Penny Russell Leman The government wastes a ton of cash. For example the NDP government in Alberta has given a loan of $235 million to big oil for their liabilities in the orphan well program. Why don't we have citizens yapping about this major waste of cash? Why did we give $30 million of federal cash from our tax dollars to big oil to ensure this loan would be interest free? We're giving money --our money to a sector that is sitting on billions of dollars in assets and profits. Why? And yet everyone is yapping about $10 million.We also have billions of dollars wasted by the PCs in the past. No one talks about the Tapcal Trust Fund that is a legacy project of Lougheed and company. A selective accountability is present in Alberta.
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Rose Marie Paquette · 

Asswipe😤
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Brian W. Allan · 

He's lost a lot of support for his government's handling of the Khadr B.S.!! Canada should not be known as a supporter of terrorists which it now is!
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Cliff Moen
The people that say CANADA violated his rights fail to say what CANADA did. Even the Supreme Court is no more specific than saying someone from External Affairs interviewed him while he was sleep deprived and that they gave a transript of the session to the Americans. I bet the Americans had their own transcript long before that.
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Paul Hahrgis · 

There is ABSOLUTELY no defense for Canadian taxpayers to compensate a terrorist
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Julie Ali · 

Please all of you keep commenting. It makes for great blog posts. http://readingchildrensbooks.blogspot.ca/.../when...
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Bryce Currie · 

If he didn't do what he did he would have violated canadian rights. If you disagree fight to change our rights.
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Dan Cole
I get it Justin, his rights were violated? Maybe? Sooooo instead of 10.5 million, give him a dollar! Pretty sure that would assuage your guilty feelings? Your decision is the kinda thing that brings down governments.....Not that that would upset me, seeing as how you're an idiot and all!
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Abraham Shtevi
Trudeau is unfit to govern and he needs to get thrown out in 2019
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Julie Ali · 

Mr. Trudeau is way better than Mr. Harper and crew. Such an anti-democratic bunch.
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Scott Chadsey
Julie Ali The alleged abuses of Khadr happened under Chretien and Martin (Liberal governments)
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Julie Ali · 

Scott Chadsey So what? If both the Liberals and Conservatives did not follow the rule of law then this means only the NDP folks are clean in this junk. It is up to government to follow the laws of the land. If they don't then hopefully successive political parties will pay for their mistakes. Unfortunately both the Liberals and Conservatives were incompetent and we are now paying out of our tax dollars.
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Scott Chadsey
Julie Ali you threw out the castigation of PM Harper. It didn't happen under his Admin
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Julie Ali · 

Scott Chadsey Mr. Harper was anti-democratic.
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Louise Bonneau
Let's make sure he does not win this one..Keep it on Front Page until September.
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Terry Britton
How can any military family ever vote Liberal again. Disgusting. The guy planting mines on youtube gets 10 mil. Truly a Justin masterpiece.
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Cam Gall · 

If we would have lost in court I guess a payout was the practical financial decision, but it didn't have to be done in secret. Publicly do it and let the widow's lawsuit go forward before sneaking him the money. Shame Mr. Trudeau, Shame!
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Brian W. Allan · 

"he thinks the government would have lost the case to Khadr if they had fought in court" And decided to pay $10 million taxpayer dollars to a terrorist without even a fight! Yup, Canada sure needs a PM like this; NOT! I'm ashamed of Canada's decision in this matter, totally ashamed!!
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Mike Slowsky
What about holding this so called Canadian terrorist accountable for killing American soldiers and where is the widows compensation since it was a Canadian who killed her husband shouldn't you man up and apologize to her and her family and all family's involved and give them a cheque after all it was a Canadian that killed and wounded thier loved ones.his responsibility to do so as a leader of a country.. in my humble opinion
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Shelley Cumberland · 

Okay so that means 3-4X the cost for each Canadian to stand tall for your values and what is right, I would have gladly paid that. This was just plain wrong.
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Donna Larsen · 

What he did was miss an opportunity to create a new precedent against terrorism and dealing with those families who breed terrorism. This case has created a whole new arena for terrorists to further subject youth into terrorism with political protection.
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Jim Cherewick · 

Staying safe within your own like minded community of jihadist supporters eh justin? Little man go away and stay away!
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Julie Ali · 

This is a silly comment. Mr. Trudeau had the courage to speak up and do the right thing. Unlike Mr. Harper.
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Penny Russell Leman
Julie Ali You are wrong. The alleged abuses took place under the Cretien and Martin LIberal governments. Mr. Harper repatriated him, but would never have settled out of court because Mr Khdar's accusations of torture had never been proven in a Canadian court of law. The assertion by Mr. Trudeau that it would have cost 30 - 40 million dollars by all accounts has no basis in fact. His payout of 10.5 million was purely a political move that backfired because the very wealthy trust fund child that is our prime minister is woefully out of touch with the majority of Canadians on this issue.
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Julie Ali · 

Penny Russell Leman Again. Please read this article:
https://ipolitics.ca/.../whos-to-blame-for-the-khadr.../
It was the Harper government’s decision to, from 2008 to 2015, ignore the Charter of Rights, the Supreme Court and Canada’s obligation to rehabilitate child soldiers.

This inaction resulted in the lion’s share of the $10.5 million paid to Khadr for being wrongfully imprisoned and mistreated. As I told my students in 2008, Khadr eventually would be entitled to a legal settlement from the Canadian government. The longer the government left him in Guantanamo, the larger the sum of money that would have to be paid out. In an entirely just world, that settlement would be paid out personally by Harper and his cabinet colleagues.
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Gurpreet Bajwa · 

The most divisive PM ever who follows policy of appeasement for certain religions
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Julie Ali · 

He did the right thing. I don't think it is divisive to do the right thing.
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Gurpreet Bajwa · 

Julie Ali with your this comment you have actually provided evidence in support of my factual statement. Just read the names of his commenters on his linked profile and you will see evidence of appeasement and dirty 3rd world politics on his part.
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Julie Ali · 

Gurpreet Bajwa Oh give me a break. This is ridiculous.
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Gurpreet Bajwa · 

Julie Ali you got your break with Trudeau as PM. Obviously, truth hurts.
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Julie Ali · 

Gurpreet Bajwa I did not vote for Mr. Trudeau. Just because I think he did the right thing doesn't make me a Liberal voter. I happen to have voted Conservative in the past until Mr. Harper went all anti-democratic. Folks should look beyond the Brand of Conservative and Liberal to performance. Both these ruling parties failed big time.
Truth never hurts;it heals.
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Julie Ali · 

Please all of you keep commenting. It makes for great blog posts. http://readingchildrensbooks.blogspot.ca/.../when...
LikeReply22 mins
Cliff Moen
The people that say CANADA violated his rights fail to say what CANADA did. Even the Supreme Court is no more specific than saying someone from External Affairs interviewed him while he was sleep deprived and that they gave a transript of the session to the Americans. I bet the Americans had their own transcript long before that.
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Paul Hahrgis · 

There is ABSOLUTELY no defense for Canadian taxpayers to compensate a terrorist
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Bryce Currie · 

If he didn't do what he did he would have violated canadian rights. If you disagree fight to change our rights.
LikeReply34 mins
Dan Cole
I get it Justin, his rights were violated? Maybe? Sooooo instead of 10.5 million, give him a dollar! Pretty sure that would assuage your guilty feelings? Your decision is the kinda thing that brings down governments.....Not that that would upset me, seeing as how you're an idiot and all!
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Abraham Shtevi
Trudeau is unfit to govern and he needs to get thrown out in 2019
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Julie Ali · 

Mr. Trudeau is way better than Mr. Harper and crew. Such an anti-democratic bunch.
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Scott Chadsey
Julie Ali The alleged abuses of Khadr happened under Chretien and Martin (Liberal governments)
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Julie Ali · 

Scott Chadsey So what? If both the Liberals and Conservatives did not follow the rule of law then this means only the NDP folks are clean in this junk. It is up to government to follow the laws of the land. If they don't then hopefully successive political parties will pay for their mistakes. Unfortunately both the Liberals and Conservatives were incompetent and we are now paying out of our tax dollars.
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Louise Bonneau
Let's make sure he does not win this one..Keep it on Front Page until September.
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Terry Britton
How can any military family ever vote Liberal again. Disgusting. The guy planting mines on youtube gets 10 mil. Truly a Justin masterpiece.
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Cam Gall · 

If we would have lost in court I guess a payout was the practical financial decision, but it didn't have to be done in secret. Publicly do it and let the widow's lawsuit go forward before sneaking him the money. Shame Mr. Trudeau, Shame!
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Brian W. Allan · 

"he thinks the government would have lost the case to Khadr if they had fought in court" And decided to pay $10 million taxpayer dollars to a terrorist without even a fight! Yup, Canada sure needs a PM like this; NOT! I'm ashamed of Canada's decision in this matter, totally ashamed!!
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Mike Slowsky
What about holding this so called Canadian terrorist accountable for killing American soldiers and where is the widows compensation since it was a Canadian who killed her husband shouldn't you man up and apologize to her and her family and all family's involved and give them a cheque after all it was a Canadian that killed and wounded thier loved ones.his responsibility to do so as a leader of a country.. in my humble opinion
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Julie Ali · 

Congratulations Mr. Trudeau for standing up for the rights and freedoms of citizens. Of course it would have been better if this case had never happened so we're not paying out millions for previous government incompetence but there you go. If folks who are against this payout would imagine what happened to Mr. Khadr happening to them -then I'd imagine that there would be agreement over this payout.
Good job Mr. Trudeau.
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Peter Fit · 

Shame...
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Penny Russell Leman
You are wrong. The alleged abuses took place under the Cretien and Martin LIberal governments. Mr. Harper repatriated him, but would never have settled out of court because Mr Khdar's accusations of torture had never been proven in a Canadian court of law. The assertion by Mr. Trudeau that it would have cost 30 - 40 million dollars by all accounts has no basis in fact. His payout of 10.5 million was purely a political move that backfired because the very wealthy trust fund child that is our prime minister is woefully out of touch with the majority of Canadians on this issue.
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Julie Ali · 

Penny Russell Leman I don't agree with you. Mr. Harper is responsible for this payout. https://ipolitics.ca/.../whos-to-blame-for-the-khadr.../ It was the Harper government’s decision to, from 2008 to 2015, ignore the Charter of Rights, the Supreme Court and Canada’s obligation to rehabilitate child soldiers.

This inaction resulted in the lion’s share of the $10.5 million paid to Khadr for being wrongfully imprisoned and mistreated. As I told my students in 2008, Khadr eventually would be entitled to a legal settlement from the Canadian government. The longer the government left him in Guantanamo, the larger the sum of money that would have to be paid out. In an entirely just world, that settlement would be paid out personally by Harper and his cabinet colleagues.
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Julie Ali · 

Peter Fit Shame for what? For doing the right thing? Give me a break.
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Abraham Shtevi
if this settlement was the right thing to do then why was it a secret
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Julie Ali · 

Abraham Shtevi I don't know. Maybe you can enlighten us.
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Penny Russell Leman
Julie Ali Are you saying that the Cretien and Martin governments that were in power at the time the alleged abuses took place are not responsible at all for any of this? Why didn't they repatriate him then instead of leaving him in Guatanamo for Mr. Harper to deal with? They had the power to do so and did not. Making a bad situation worse. And please respond to Mr. Trudeau settling out of court and authorizing the rich payout before a Canadian court of law could rule on the allegations of torture. As I said earlier, his assertion as to the cost has been totally unproven and in fact there is no determination made of how he even came up with those dollar figures. The Supreme Court ruled there had been human rights abuse but they NEVER said that a rich payout was required by the government to address that. I stand by my assertion that the prime minister misread the will of Canadian people to battle this suit to the end, and this award was not necessary or just.
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Julie Ali · 

Penny Russell Leman The previous governments whether Liberal or Conservatives did not follow the rule of law.This is why we are paying the compensation from our tax dollars. Government incompetence, indifference and failures.
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Shelley Cumberland · 

Okay so that means 3-4X the cost for each Canadian to stand tall for your values and what is right, I would have gladly paid that. This was just plain wrong.
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Donna Larsen · 

What he did was miss an opportunity to create a new precedent against terrorism and dealing with those families who breed terrorism. This case has created a whole new arena for terrorists to further subject youth into terrorism with political protection.
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Jim Cherewick · 

Staying safe within your own like minded community of jihadist supporters eh justin? Little man go away and stay away!
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Julie Ali · 

This is a silly comment. Mr. Trudeau had the courage to speak up and do the right thing. Unlike Mr. Harper.
LikeReply1 hr
Penny Russell Leman
Julie Ali You are wrong. The alleged abuses took place under the Cretien and Martin LIberal governments. Mr. Harper repatriated him, but would never have settled out of court because Mr Khdar's accusations of torture had never been proven in a Canadian court of law. The assertion by Mr. Trudeau that it would have cost 30 - 40 million dollars by all accounts has no basis in fact. His payout of 10.5 million was purely a political move that backfired because the very wealthy trust fund child that is our prime minister is woefully out of touch with the majority of Canadians on this issue.
LikeReply21 hr
Julie Ali · 

Penny Russell Leman Again. Please read this article:
https://ipolitics.ca/.../whos-to-blame-for-the-khadr.../
It was the Harper government’s decision to, from 2008 to 2015, ignore the Charter of Rights, the Supreme Court and Canada’s obligation to rehabilitate child soldiers.

This inaction resulted in the lion’s share of the $10.5 million paid to Khadr for being wrongfully imprisoned and mistreated. As I told my students in 2008, Khadr eventually would be entitled to a legal settlement from the Canadian government. The longer the government left him in Guantanamo, the larger the sum of money that would have to be paid out. In an entirely just world, that settlement would be paid out personally by Harper and his cabinet colleagues.
LikeReply24 mins
Gurpreet Bajwa · 

The most divisive PM ever who follows policy of appeasement for certain religions
LikeReply114 hrs
Julie Ali · 

He did the right thing. I don't think it is divisive to do the right thing.
LikeReply1 hr
Gurpreet Bajwa · 

Julie Ali with your this comment you have actually provided evidence in support of my factual statement. Just read the names of his commenters on his linked profile and you will see evidence of appeasement and dirty 3rd world politics on his part.
LikeReply154 mins
Julie Ali · 

Gurpreet Bajwa Oh give me a break. This is ridiculous.
LikeReply123 mins
Gurpreet Bajwa · 

Julie Ali you got your break with Trudeau as PM. Obviously, truth hurts.
LikeReply14 mins
Julie Ali · 

Gurpreet Bajwa I did not vote for Mr. Trudeau. Just because I think he did the right thing doesn't make me a Liberal voter. I happen to have voted Conservative in the past until Mr. Harper went all anti-democratic. Folks should look beyond the Brand of Conservative and Liberal to performance. Both these ruling parties failed big time.
Truth never hurts;it heals.
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Julie Ali · 

Congratulations Mr. Trudeau for standing up for the rights and freedoms of citizens. Of course it would have been better if this case had never happened so we're not paying out millions for previous government incompetence but there you go. If folks who are against this payout would imagine what happened to Mr. Khadr happening to them -then I'd imagine that there would be agreement over this payout.
Good job Mr. Trudeau.
LikeReply11 hr
Peter Fit · 

Shame...
LikeReply61 hr
Penny Russell Leman
You are wrong. The alleged abuses took place under the Cretien and Martin LIberal governments. Mr. Harper repatriated him, but would never have settled out of court because Mr Khdar's accusations of torture had never been proven in a Canadian court of law. The assertion by Mr. Trudeau that it would have cost 30 - 40 million dollars by all accounts has no basis in fact. His payout of 10.5 million was purely a political move that backfired because the very wealthy trust fund child that is our prime minister is woefully out of touch with the majority of Canadians on this issue.
LikeReply71 hr
Julie Ali · 

Penny Russell Leman I don't agree with you. Mr. Harper is responsible for this payout. https://ipolitics.ca/.../whos-to-blame-for-the-khadr.../ It was the Harper government’s decision to, from 2008 to 2015, ignore the Charter of Rights, the Supreme Court and Canada’s obligation to rehabilitate child soldiers.

This inaction resulted in the lion’s share of the $10.5 million paid to Khadr for being wrongfully imprisoned and mistreated. As I told my students in 2008, Khadr eventually would be entitled to a legal settlement from the Canadian government. The longer the government left him in Guantanamo, the larger the sum of money that would have to be paid out. In an entirely just world, that settlement would be paid out personally by Harper and his cabinet colleagues.
LikeReply1 hrEdited
Julie Ali · 

Peter Fit Shame for what? For doing the right thing? Give me a break.
LikeReply11 hr
Abraham Shtevi
if this settlement was the right thing to do then why was it a secret
LikeReply446 mins
Julie Ali · 

Abraham Shtevi I don't know. Maybe you can enlighten us.
LikeReply17 mins
Penny Russell Leman
Julie Ali Are you saying that the Cretien and Martin governments that were in power at the time the alleged abuses took place are not responsible at all for any of this? Why didn't they repatriate him then instead of leaving him in Guatanamo for Mr. Harper to deal with? They had the power to do so and did not. Making a bad situation worse. And please respond to Mr. Trudeau settling out of court and authorizing the rich payout before a Canadian court of law could rule on the allegations of torture. As I said earlier, his assertion as to the cost has been totally unproven and in fact there is no determination made of how he even came up with those dollar figures. The Supreme Court ruled there had been human rights abuse but they NEVER said that a rich payout was required by the government to address that. I stand by my assertion that the prime minister misread the will of Canadian people to battle this suit to the end, and this award was not necessary or just.
LikeReply5 mins
Julie Ali · 

Penny Russell Leman The previous governments whether Liberal or Conservatives did not follow the rule of law.This is why we are paying the compensation from our tax dollars. Government incompetence, indifference and failures.
LikeReply2 mins
Julie Ali · 

Please all of you keep commenting. It makes for great blog posts. http://readingchildrensbooks.blogspot.ca/.../when...
LikeReply13 mins
Bryce Currie · 

If he didn't do what he did he would have violated canadian rights. If you disagree fight to change our rights.
LikeReply26 mins
Dan Cole
I get it Justin, his rights were violated? Maybe? Sooooo instead of 10.5 million, give him a dollar! Pretty sure that would assuage your guilty feelings? Your decision is the kinda thing that brings down governments.....Not that that would upset me, seeing as how you're an idiot and all!
LikeReply232 mins
Abraham Shtevi
Trudeau is unfit to govern and he needs to get thrown out in 2019
LikeReply444 mins
Julie Ali · 

Mr. Trudeau is way better than Mr. Harper and crew. Such an anti-democratic bunch.
LikeReply17 mins
Scott Chadsey
Julie Ali The alleged abuses of Khadr happened under Chretien and Martin (Liberal governments)
LikeReply7 mins
Julie Ali · 

Scott Chadsey So what? If both the Liberals and Conservatives did not follow the rule of law then this means only the NDP folks are clean in this junk. It is up to government to follow the laws of the land. If they don't then hopefully successive political parties will pay for their mistakes. Unfortunately bot the Liberals and Conservatives were incompetent and we are now paying out of our tax dollars.
LikeReplyJust now
Louise Bonneau
Let's make sure he does not win this one..Keep it on Front Page until September.
LikeReply459 mins
Terry Britton
How can any military family ever vote Liberal again. Disgusting. The guy planting mines on youtube gets 10 mil. Truly a Justin masterpiece.
LikeReply41 hr
Cam Gall · 

If we would have lost in court I guess a payout was the practical financial decision, but it didn't have to be done in secret. Publicly do it and let the widow's lawsuit go forward before sneaking him the money. Shame Mr. Trudeau, Shame!
LikeReply61 hr
Brian W. Allan · 

"he thinks the government would have lost the case to Khadr if they had fought in court" And decided to pay $10 million taxpayer dollars to a terrorist without even a fight! Yup, Canada sure needs a PM like this; NOT! I'm ashamed of Canada's decision in this matter, totally ashamed!!
LikeReply41 hr
Mike Slowsky
What about holding this so called Canadian terrorist accountable for killing American soldiers and where is the widows compensation since it was a Canadian who killed her husband shouldn't you man up and apologize to her and her family and all family's involved and give them a cheque after all it was a Canadian that killed and wounded thier loved ones.his responsibility to do so as a leader of a country.. in my humble opinion
LikeReply61 hr
Shelley Cumberland · 

Okay so that means 3-4X the cost for each Canadian to stand tall for your values and what is right, I would have gladly paid that. This was just plain wrong.
LikeReply22 hrs
Donna Larsen · 

What he did was miss an opportunity to create a new precedent against terrorism and dealing with those families who breed terrorism. This case has created a whole new arena for terrorists to further subject youth into terrorism with political protection.
LikeReply163 hrs
Jim Cherewick · 

Staying safe within your own like minded community of jihadist supporters eh justin? Little man go away and stay away!
LikeReply103 hrs
Julie Ali · 

This is a silly comment. Mr. Trudeau had the courage to speak up and do the right thing. Unlike Mr. Harper.
LikeReply1 hr
Penny Russell Leman
Julie Ali You are wrong. The alleged abuses took place under the Cretien and Martin LIberal governments. Mr. Harper repatriated him, but would never have settled out of court because Mr Khdar's accusations of torture had never been proven in a Canadian court of law. The assertion by Mr. Trudeau that it would have cost 30 - 40 million dollars by all accounts has no basis in fact. His payout of 10.5 million was purely a political move that backfired because the very wealthy trust fund child that is our prime minister is woefully out of touch with the majority of Canadians on this issue.
LikeReply21 hr
Julie Ali · 

Penny Russell Leman Again. Please read this article:
https://ipolitics.ca/.../whos-to-blame-for-the-khadr.../
It was the Harper government’s decision to, from 2008 to 2015, ignore the Charter of Rights, the Supreme Court and Canada’s obligation to rehabilitate child soldiers.

This inaction resulted in the lion’s share of the $10.5 million paid to Khadr for being wrongfully imprisoned and mistreated. As I told my students in 2008, Khadr eventually would be entitled to a legal settlement from the Canadian government. The longer the government left him in Guantanamo, the larger the sum of money that would have to be paid out. In an entirely just world, that settlement would be paid out personally by Harper and his cabinet colleagues.
LikeReply16 mins

Gurpreet Bajwa · 

The most divisive PM ever who follows policy of appeasement for certain religions
LikeReply114 hrs
Julie Ali · 

He did the right thing. I don't think it is divisive to do the right thing.
LikeReply1 hr
Gurpreet Bajwa · 

Julie Ali with your this comment you have actually provided evidence in support of my factual statement. Just read the names of his commenters on his linked profile and you will see evidence of appeasement and dirty 3rd world politics on his part.
LikeReply146 mins
Julie Ali · 

Gurpreet Bajwa Oh give me a break. This is ridiculous.
LikeReply115 mins





Julie Ali · 

Please all of you keep commenting. It makes for great blog posts. http://readingchildrensbooks.blogspot.ca/.../when...
LikeReplyJust now
Julie Ali · 

Congratulations Mr. Trudeau for standing up for the rights and freedoms of citizens. Of course it would have been better if this case had never happened so we're not paying out millions for previous government incompetence but there you go. If folks who are against this payout would imagine what happened to Mr. Khadr happening to them -then I'd imagine that there would be agreement over this payout.
Good job Mr. Trudeau.
LikeReply11 hr
Peter Fit · 

Shame...
LikeReply51 hr
Penny Russell Leman
You are wrong. The alleged abuses took place under the Cretien and Martin LIberal governments. Mr. Harper repatriated him, but would never have settled out of court because Mr Khdar's accusations of torture had never been proven in a Canadian court of law. The assertion by Mr. Trudeau that it would have cost 30 - 40 million dollars by all accounts has no basis in fact. His payout of 10.5 million was purely a political move that backfired because the very wealthy trust fund child that is our prime minister is woefully out of touch with the majority of Canadians on this issue.
LikeReply61 hr
Julie Ali · 

Penny Russell Leman I don't agree with you. Mr. Harper is responsible for this payout. https://ipolitics.ca/.../whos-to-blame-for-the-khadr.../ It was the Harper government’s decision to, from 2008 to 2015, ignore the Charter of Rights, the Supreme Court and Canada’s obligation to rehabilitate child soldiers.

This inaction resulted in the lion’s share of the $10.5 million paid to Khadr for being wrongfully imprisoned and mistreated. As I told my students in 2008, Khadr eventually would be entitled to a legal settlement from the Canadian government. The longer the government left him in Guantanamo, the larger the sum of money that would have to be paid out. In an entirely just world, that settlement would be paid out personally by Harper and his cabinet colleagues.
LikeReply1 hrEdited
Julie Ali · 

Peter Fit Shame for what? For doing the right thing? Give me a break.
LikeReply11 hr
Abraham Shtevi
if this settlement was the right thing to do then why was it a secret
LikeReply232 mins
Julie Ali · 

Abraham Shtevi I don't know. Maybe you can enlighten us.
LikeReply4 mins
Bryce Currie · 

If he didn't do what he did he would have violated canadian rights. If you disagree fight to change our rights.
LikeReply12 mins
Dan Cole
I get it Justin, his rights were violated? Maybe? Sooooo instead of 10.5 million, give him a dollar! Pretty sure that would assuage your guilty feelings? Your decision is the kinda thing that brings down governments.....Not that that would upset me, seeing as how you're an idiot and all!
LikeReply118 mins
Abraham Shtevi
Trudeau is unfit to govern and he needs to get thrown out in 2019
LikeReply331 mins
Julie Ali · 

Mr. Trudeau is way better than Mr. Harper and crew. Such an anti-democratic bunch.
LikeReply3 mins
Louise Bonneau
Let's make sure he does not win this one..Keep it on Front Page until September.
LikeReply346 mins
Terry Britton
How can any military family ever vote Liberal again. Disgusting. The guy planting mines on youtube gets 10 mil. Truly a Justin masterpiece.
LikeReply346 mins
Cam Gall · 

If we would have lost in court I guess a payout was the practical financial decision, but it didn't have to be done in secret. Publicly do it and let the widow's lawsuit go forward before sneaking him the money. Shame Mr. Trudeau, Shame!
LikeReply552 mins
Brian W. Allan · 

"he thinks the government would have lost the case to Khadr if they had fought in court" And decided to pay $10 million taxpayer dollars to a terrorist without even a fight! Yup, Canada sure needs a PM like this; NOT! I'm ashamed of Canada's decision in this matter, totally ashamed!!
LikeReply31 hr
Mike Slowsky
What about holding this so called Canadian terrorist accountable for killing American soldiers and where is the widows compensation since it was a Canadian who killed her husband shouldn't you man up and apologize to her and her family and all family's involved and give them a cheque after all it was a Canadian that killed and wounded thier loved ones.his responsibility to do so as a leader of a country.. in my humble opinion
LikeReply61 hr
Shelley Cumberland · 

Okay so that means 3-4X the cost for each Canadian to stand tall for your values and what is right, I would have gladly paid that. This was just plain wrong.
LikeReply11 hr
Donna Larsen · 

What he did was miss an opportunity to create a new precedent against terrorism and dealing with those families who breed terrorism. This case has created a whole new arena for terrorists to further subject youth into terrorism with political protection.
LikeReply153 hrs
Jim Cherewick · 

Staying safe within your own like minded community of jihadist supporters eh justin? Little man go away and stay away!
LikeReply103 hrs
Julie Ali · 

This is a silly comment. Mr. Trudeau had the courage to speak up and do the right thing. Unlike Mr. Harper.
LikeReply1 hr
Penny Russell Leman
Julie Ali You are wrong. The alleged abuses took place under the Cretien and Martin LIberal governments. Mr. Harper repatriated him, but would never have settled out of court because Mr Khdar's accusations of torture had never been proven in a Canadian court of law. The assertion by Mr. Trudeau that it would have cost 30 - 40 million dollars by all accounts has no basis in fact. His payout of 10.5 million was purely a political move that backfired because the very wealthy trust fund child that is our prime minister is woefully out of touch with the majority of Canadians on this issue.
LikeReply11 hr
Julie Ali · 

Penny Russell Leman Again. Please read this article:
https://ipolitics.ca/.../whos-to-blame-for-the-khadr.../
It was the Harper government’s decision to, from 2008 to 2015, ignore the Charter of Rights, the Supreme Court and Canada’s obligation to rehabilitate child soldiers.

This inaction resulted in the lion’s share of the $10.5 million paid to Khadr for being wrongfully imprisoned and mistreated. As I told my students in 2008, Khadr eventually would be entitled to a legal settlement from the Canadian government. The longer the government left him in Guantanamo, the larger the sum of money that would have to be paid out. In an entirely just world, that settlement would be paid out personally by Harper and his cabinet colleagues.
LikeReply2 mins
Gurpreet Bajwa · 

The most divisive PM ever who follows policy of appeasement for certain religions
LikeReply113 hrs
Julie Ali · 

He did the right thing. I don't think it is divisive to do the right thing.
LikeReply1 hr
Gurpreet Bajwa · 

Julie Ali with your this comment you have actually provided evidence in support of my factual statement. Just read the names of his commenters on his linked profile and you will see evidence of appeasement and dirty 3rd world politics on his part.
LikeReply132 mins
Julie Ali · 

Gurpreet Bajwa Oh give me a break. This is ridiculous.
LikeReply1 min


Julie Ali · 

Congratulations Mr. Trudeau for standing up for the rights and freedoms of citizens. Of course it would have been better if this case had never happened so we're not paying out millions for previous government incompetence but there you go. If folks who are against this payout would imagine what happened to Mr. Khadr happening to them -then I'd imagine that there would be agreement over this payout.
Good job Mr. Trudeau.
LikeReply11 hr
Peter Fit · 

Shame...
LikeReply51 hr
Penny Russell Leman
You are wrong. The alleged abuses took place under the Cretien and Martin LIberal governments. Mr. Harper repatriated him, but would never have settled out of court because Mr Khdar's accusations of torture had never been proven in a Canadian court of law. The assertion by Mr. Trudeau that it would have cost 30 - 40 million dollars by all accounts has no basis in fact. His payout of 10.5 million was purely a political move that backfired because the very wealthy trust fund child that is our prime minister is woefully out of touch with the majority of Canadians on this issue.
LikeReply61 hr
Julie Ali · 

Penny Russell Leman I don't agree with you. Mr. Harper is responsible for this payout. https://ipolitics.ca/.../whos-to-blame-for-the-khadr.../ It was the Harper government’s decision to, from 2008 to 2015, ignore the Charter of Rights, the Supreme Court and Canada’s obligation to rehabilitate child soldiers.

This inaction resulted in the lion’s share of the $10.5 million paid to Khadr for being wrongfully imprisoned and mistreated. As I told my students in 2008, Khadr eventually would be entitled to a legal settlement from the Canadian government. The longer the government left him in Guantanamo, the larger the sum of money that would have to be paid out. In an entirely just world, that settlement would be paid out personally by Harper and his cabinet colleagues.
LikeReply1 hrEdited
Bryce Currie · 

If he didn't do what he did he would have violated canadian rights. If you disagree fight to change our rights.
LikeReply11 mins
Dan Cole
I get it Justin, his rights were violated? Maybe? Sooooo instead of 10.5 million, give him a dollar! Pretty sure that would assuage your guilty feelings? Your decision is the kinda thing that brings down governments.....Not that that would upset me, seeing as how you're an idiot and all!
LikeReply117 mins
Abraham Shtevi
Trudeau is unfit to govern and he needs to get thrown out in 2019
LikeReply329 mins
Julie Ali · 

Mr. Trudeau is way better than Mr. Harper and crew. Such an anti-democratic bunch.
LikeReply1 min
Louise Bonneau
Let's make sure he does not win this one..Keep it on Front Page until September.
LikeReply344 mins
Terry Britton
How can any military family ever vote Liberal again. Disgusting. The guy planting mines on youtube gets 10 mil. Truly a Justin masterpiece.
LikeReply345 mins
Cam Gall · 

If we would have lost in court I guess a payout was the practical financial decision, but it didn't have to be done in secret. Publicly do it and let the widow's lawsuit go forward before sneaking him the money. Shame Mr. Trudeau, Shame!
LikeReply551 mins
Brian W. Allan · 

"he thinks the government would have lost the case to Khadr if they had fought in court" And decided to pay $10 million taxpayer dollars to a terrorist without even a fight! Yup, Canada sure needs a PM like this; NOT! I'm ashamed of Canada's decision in this matter, totally ashamed!!
LikeReply31 hr
Mike Slowsky
What about holding this so called Canadian terrorist accountable for killing American soldiers and where is the widows compensation since it was a Canadian who killed her husband shouldn't you man up and apologize to her and her family and all family's involved and give them a cheque after all it was a Canadian that killed and wounded thier loved ones.his responsibility to do so as a leader of a country.. in my humble opinion
LikeReply61 hr
Shelley Cumberland · 

Okay so that means 3-4X the cost for each Canadian to stand tall for your values and what is right, I would have gladly paid that. This was just plain wrong.
LikeReply11 hr
Donna Larsen · 

What he did was miss an opportunity to create a new precedent against terrorism and dealing with those families who breed terrorism. This case has created a whole new arena for terrorists to further subject youth into terrorism with political protection.
LikeReply153 hrs
Jim Cherewick · 

Staying safe within your own like minded community of jihadist supporters eh justin? Little man go away and stay away!
LikeReply103 hrs
Julie Ali · 

This is a silly comment. Mr. Trudeau had the courage to speak up and do the right thing. Unlike Mr. Harper.
LikeReply1 hr
Penny Russell Leman
Julie Ali You are wrong. The alleged abuses took place under the Cretien and Martin LIberal governments. Mr. Harper repatriated him, but would never have settled out of court because Mr Khdar's accusations of torture had never been proven in a Canadian court of law. The assertion by Mr. Trudeau that it would have cost 30 - 40 million dollars by all accounts has no basis in fact. His payout of 10.5 million was purely a political move that backfired because the very wealthy trust fund child that is our prime minister is woefully out of touch with the majority of Canadians on this issue.
LikeReply11 hr
Julie Ali · 

Penny Russell Leman Again. Please read this article:
https://ipolitics.ca/.../whos-to-blame-for-the-khadr.../
It was the Harper government’s decision to, from 2008 to 2015, ignore the Charter of Rights, the Supreme Court and Canada’s obligation to rehabilitate child soldiers.

This inaction resulted in the lion’s share of the $10.5 million paid to Khadr for being wrongfully imprisoned and mistreated. As I told my students in 2008, Khadr eventually would be entitled to a legal settlement from the Canadian government. The longer the government left him in Guantanamo, the larger the sum of money that would have to be paid out. In an entirely just world, that settlement would be paid out personally by Harper and his cabinet colleagues.
LikeReplyJust now
Gurpreet Bajwa · 

The most divisive PM ever who follows policy of appeasement for certain religions
LikeReply113 hrs
Julie Ali · 

He did the right thing. I don't think it is divisive to do the right thing.
LikeReply1 hr
Gurpreet Bajwa · 

Julie Ali with your this comment you have actually provided evidence in support of my factual statement. Just read the names of his commenters on his linked profile and you will see evidence of appeasement and dirty 3rd world politics on his part.
LikeReply131 mins
Julie Ali · 

Gurpreet Bajwa Oh give me a break. This is ridiculous.
LikeReplyJust now








Julie Ali · 

Congratulations Mr. Trudeau for standing up for the rights and freedoms of citizens. Of course it would have been better if this case had never happened so we're not paying out millions for previous government incompetence but there you go. If folks who are against this payout would imagine what happened to Mr. Khadr happening to them -then I'd imagine that there would be agreement over this payout.
Good job Mr. Trudeau.
LikeReply25 mins
Peter Fit · 

Shame...
LikeReply210 mins
Penny Russell Leman
You are wrong. The alleged abuses took place under the Cretien and Martin LIberal governments. Mr. Harper repatriated him, but would never have settled out of court because Mr Khdar's accusations of torture had never been proven in a Canadian court of law. The assertion by Mr. Trudeau that it would have cost 30 - 40 million dollars by all accounts has no basis in fact. His payout of 10.5 million was purely a political move that backfired because the very wealthy trust fund child that is our prime minister is woefully out of touch with the majority of Canadians on this issue.
LikeReply3 mins
Julie Ali · 

Penny Russell Leman I don't agree with you. Mr. Harper is responsible for this payout. https://ipolitics.ca/.../whos-to-blame-for-the-khadr.../ It was the Harper government’s decision to, from 2008 to 2015, ignore the Charter of Rights, the Supreme Court and Canada’s obligation to rehabilitate child soldiers.

This inaction resulted in the lion’s share of the $10.5 million paid to Khadr for being wrongfully imprisoned and mistreated. As I told my students in 2008, Khadr eventually would be entitled to a legal settlement from the Canadian government. The longer the government left him in Guantanamo, the larger the sum of money that would have to be paid out. In an entirely just world, that settlement would be paid out personally by Harper and his cabinet colleagues.
LikeReplyJust nowEdited
Julie Ali · 

Peter Fit Shame for what? For doing the right thing? Give me a break.
LikeReplyJust now
Brian W. Allan · 

"he thinks the government would have lost the case to Khadr if they had fought in court" And decided to pay $10 million taxpayer dollars to a terrorist without even a fight! Yup, Canada sure needs a PM like this; NOT! I'm ashamed of Canada's decision in this matter, totally ashamed!!
LikeReply3 mins
Mike Slowsky
What about holding this so called Canadian terrorist accountable for killing American soldiers and where is the widows compensation since it was a Canadian who killed her husband shouldn't you man up and apologize to her and her family and all family's involved and give them a cheque after all it was a Canadian that killed and wounded thier loved ones.his responsibility to do so as a leader of a country.. in my humble opinion
LikeReply118 mins
Shelley Cumberland · 

Okay so that means 3-4X the cost for each Canadian to stand tall for your values and what is right, I would have gladly paid that. This was just plain wrong.
LikeReply152 mins

Donna Larsen · 

What he did was miss an opportunity to create a new precedent against terrorism and dealing with those families who breed terrorism. This case has created a whole new arena for terrorists to further subject youth into terrorism with political protection.
LikeReply112 hrs






Julie Ali · 

Congratulations Mr. Trudeau for standing up for the rights and freedoms of citizens. Of course it would have been better if this case had never happened so we're not paying out millions for previous government incompetence but there you go. If folks who are against this payout would imagine what happened to Mr. Khadr happening to them -then I'd imagine that there would be agreement over this payout.
Good job Mr. Trudeau.
LikeReplyJust now
Shelley Cumberland · 

Okay so that means 3-4X the cost for each Canadian to stand tall for your values and what is right, I would have gladly paid that. This was just plain wrong.
LikeReply127 mins
Donna Larsen · 

What he did was miss an opportunity to create a new precedent against terrorism and dealing with those families who breed terrorism. This case has created a whole new arena for terrorists to further subject youth into terrorism with political protection.
LikeReply92 hrs
Jim Cherewick · 

Staying safe within your own like minded community of jihadist supporters eh justin? Little man go away and stay away!
LikeReply72 hrs
Julie Ali · 

This is a silly comment. Mr. Trudeau had the courage to speak up and do the right thing. Unlike Mr. Harper.
LikeReply2 mins
Gurpreet Bajwa · 

The most divisive PM ever who follows policy of appeasement for certain religions
LikeReply62 hrs
Julie Ali · 

He did the right thing. I don't think it is divisive to do the right thing.
LikeReply1 min

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