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Trudeau says apology to Omar Khadr is about violation of Charter rights

The Prime Minister answered a question about the Khadr settlement following the G20 leaders’ summit


 
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau answers a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau answers a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

HAMBURG – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says an apology and reported $10.5 million compensation payment to former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr was a basic matter of following Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Trudeau answered a question about the Khadr settlement on Saturday at the closing press conference following the G20 leaders’ summit in Hamburg, Germany.

On Friday, the government confirmed a payment had been made to Khadr to settle a longstanding lawsuit. Khadr’s suit claimed Canada had violated his rights and was complicit with the United States when he was detained at the U.S. base in Cuba, denied access to a lawyer and tortured.

MORE: Omar Khadr on his settlement and the government’s apology

The Supreme Court of Canada in 2010 ruled Khadr’s rights had been violated.

The apology sparked fresh public debate about Khadr, but Trudeau says the settlement is not about the details of Khadr’s case but the fact his rights were violated.

Trudeau says the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects all Canadians, “even when it is uncomfortable.”

“When the government violates any Canadian’s Charter rights, we all end up paying for it,” he said.


 

Trudeau says apology to Omar Khadr is about violation of Charter rights

  1. Yup, Charter rights always apply…..whether you personally like the person or not.

    • Yes, Khadr will legally win because his rights were denied as a Canadian Citizen. However, that doesn’t mean Trudeau needs to apologize to him, nor does it mean that Trudeau needs to negotiate an out of course settlement with him. Trudeau could have let this drag out through the courts for years, and when Khadr eventually wins, already have in place that the monies would be given to the Speer family. That would have been the right thing to do.

      • Why yes, let’s violate our Charter of Rights….and be cruel to boot….because Omar is Muslim.

        What if he was Chinese?

        Nowbugger off.

        • It has nothing to do with Khadr being Muslim or Chinese, but has to do with him being a murderer and a terrorist. There is absolutely no need for Trudeau to apologize, and absolutely no need for Trudeau to negotiate an out of court settlement. Trudeau could have said “Khadr, you asshole, when you win your court case, I will make sure the Speers family will take all of it from you and you don’t see a dime of it.” But Trudeau did the exact opposite because he wanted to. What a moronic Prime Minister.

          • Why no, of course not.

            Islamophobia is just another excuse to hate.

          • In the eyes of Liberals, possessing a phobia is a crime. But not any phobia, just phobias that the Liberals deem are crimeworthy. So for example, an Islamophobic Lesbian is committing a crime, but a homophobic Muslim is not.

          • Or perhaps you’re just stupid. Yup I’m sure that’s it.

      • I thought the same thing…why settle it now or at all? If Omar Khadr’s family could be classified as terrorists,then Canada needs to be able to say “then you are no longer Canadian”.Leaving that rule in place removes motivation to follow the law…especially if Canada is “lawfully bound” to provide a lawyer to terrorists :D To do any less is a disservice to all military and Canadians everywhere,and without the respect of the military the Liberals may not be around in 2020. I think many people understand the significance of the military when it appears that the Liberals are forgetting.

  2. There’s this wonderful clause in the Charter called the Notwithstanding clause. It allows e government to overrule a Charter ruling by a judge via an act of Parliament or a provincial legislature. Certainly we could have let the court case run its course, then invoked the Notwithstanding clause to veto any payout ordered by the court, rather than settle early and pay him out? But that would take some courage and a willingness to be accused of heresy by the Charter worshippers. This is what happens when we turn the legal system into a religion; legal fundamentalists end up calling the shots. “But his Charter rights were violated!” As though that were the only consideration.

    • If you could use the ‘notwithstanding’ clause like that……there would be no point in having a Charter at all.

      • Which was why Lougheed insisted on the Notwithstanding clause being inserted into the Charter. To preserve the concept of Parliamentary supremacy we inherited from the British. The clause ensures that Parliament has the right, though not the obligation, to be final arbiter of any charter ruling, even rulings made by the Supreme Court.

  3. “When the government violates any Canadian’s Charter rights, we all end up paying for it,” said Trudeau.

    What he didn’t say was that it was the Liberal governments of Chretien and Martin who violated his Charter rights, just like it was the Liberal government of Martin who violated Arar’s rights.

    • Just like Harp spent $3M keeping Omar out of Canada.

      We now have a PM who upholds the law…..for everyone

      • Well it ultimately cost us $10 million to let him back in. The $3 mill is looking like a bargain now.

  4. There are 10 of thousands of Canadians whose Charter of Rights are being violated … look at the 1st Nations people and their condition / situation, people being held in solitary confinement for YEAES!!!, and I’m sure there are 1,000s more. Why did this murdering treasonous traitor step to the front of the line??? I’m sure we know why ……

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