The government reports its legal tab in the case of Omar Khadr to be $1,335,342.37 so far.
Investigating another matter entirely the other night, the CBC’s Terry Milewski put the cost to keep a prisoner in Canada at $100,000 per year. Air Canada seems to offer daily flights from Cuba for approximately $400.
So, in case you were wondering, for about the same amount of money, Mr. Khadr might’ve been flown to Canada and imprisoned here for 13 years. He arrived at Guantanamo almost exactly seven years ago. So if he’d been returned immediately at that point, at least under this imaginative scenario, he would presently be due to serve another six years and scheduled for release in 2015.