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Letter: Living freely in Canada should be compensation enough

Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr, 30, is seen in Mississauga, Ont., on Thursday, July 6, 2017.
Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr, 30, is seen in Mississauga, Ont., on Thursday, July 6, 2017.

I wish to comment on the Omar Khadr apology/compensation deal reported in The Telegram July 11.

The Trudeau government, in its usual craven fashion, sneakily handed over $10 million of our tax money and an apology to Khadr for supposedly violating his Charter rights. Sufficient redress for Khadr is his ability to live free in our great country with the same right of all of us to work hard for a living and contribute to Canadian society.

There is a ready legal solution to the greatly wrong and divisive handing over to this “former” Islamist terrorist millions of our money and an apology. Simply this: there is something called the Canadian Charter of Rights. In said Charter is the notwithstanding clause, which allows for the government in an appropriate case to remove the application of those rights. Plainly, such a case is Omar Khadr. Our Parliament simply has to proclaim legislation: “An Act Respecting Omar Khadr” which would invoke the notwithstanding clause removing any obligation for the Canadian government to pay any compensation or apology to Omar Khadr. This would be a fair and just solution in this particular case because — in court language — Khadr does not come to court with “clean hands,” as was the situation in an earlier case of federal government compensation.

Omar Khadr has his freedom; he can live and work in Canada. He can now start proving he is worthy to be called a Canadian.

 

Robin Reid
St. Johns

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