The Conservative Party, led by a disingenuous statement from former PM Stephen Harper, hauled their Omar Khadr fight over the border to the USA. MP and Conservative leader Andrew Scheer expressed presumptuous regret “on behalf of the vast majority of Canadians.” MP Peter Kent wrote a piece for the Wall Street Journal called “A Terrorist’s Big Payday, Courtesy of Trudeau.” MP Michelle Rempel appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show omitting significant facts and MP Cheryl Gallant accused the Canadian media of peddling fake news on the subject.
A Wee Backgrounder: In 2003 and 2004 under Liberal governments, Canadian officials violated the rule of law when dealing with Omar Khadr’s Guantanamo incarceration. From 2008 to 2015, the Stephen Harper Conservative government continued to flout the rule of law on a number of occasions, perpetuating the Harper narrative that Khadr was a convicted terrorist and would pose a danger to Canada.
Harper and the Conservative party leaders continued to absent themselves of facts, justice and balance to inform their decisions regarding Omar Khadr’s fate. Arguably the delayed repatriation by the Harper government’s reluctant acceptance of Supreme Court judgements of civil rights violations against Khadr, contributed to a larger financial settlement than otherwise may have been granted had the repatriation been justly carried out in the beginning.