The prime minister, along with some other Canadians, is clearly very uncomfortable defending Omar Khadr’s rights, but this does not mean our government should stick its head in the sand.
When Canada signs a treaty, it should mean something. We should not look for loopholes or try to change the rules of the game as soon as our resolve is put to the test. We should not seek to evade our obligations – legal, moral, or otherwise. We should keep our word, and respect both the spirit and the letter of the law.