As noted by one of our astute commenters, there was a lengthy debate in the House yesterday on the matter of Omar Khadr. It’s too long to copy-and-paste, but the start of the discussion can be found here.
At one point, Deepak Obhrai, the parliament secretary for foreign affairs, ventures this explanation as to why his government doesn’t consider Khadr a child soldier.
As I have said, the opposition members have been raising issues here about child soldiers and Canada’s human rights record. As I stated in my intervention with the Bloc, I was in Burundi where I met child soldiers and looked into their eyes. I can tell members that the reason those guys were child soldiers was economic. It was not a war on terrorism. What we are facing out here was not based on ideology.