Now the Trudeau Liberals have apologized to Khadr and secretly gave him $10.5 million dollars, making him a very rich man.
Khadr was born in Toronto but spent his early years moving back and forth between Canada and Pakistan, where his father engaged in terrorist activities with Al Qaeda. Khadr’s father moved the family to Afghanistan in 1996, where, after 9/11, Omar Khadr became involved with Al Qaeda.
On July 27, 2002, as U.S. troops were surveying the battlefield, Khadr threw a grenade that killed Sergeant Christopher Speer and permanently wounded another US soldier, Sergeant Layne Morris.
After his capture and transfer to Guantanamo, Khadr filed a $20 million lawsuit against the Canadian Government in 2004 for “violating his civil rights.” There are some legitimate grounds for complaint as to his treatment in custody. However, it is one thing to acknowledge alleged mistreatment, but it is another to reward a convicted terrorist that murdered an allied soldier who had a wife and two children.
Mr. Khadr admitted that he was working with a terrorist organization that killed 24 Canadians on September 11th. He admitted to the murder of Speer and his plans to kill many more people through future terrorist actions. Now he has received an apology and a secret $10.5 million pay-out from the Liberal Government of Canada.
What an insult to not only make Mrs. Speer and her children re-live the worst experience of their lives but to see the man who murdered their husband and father not only walk free but with $10.5 million from the Liberal Government.
Our previous Conservative Government brought in legislation that stripped terrorists of their Canadian citizenship. The Liberals repealed that law in 2016.
When asked by the media for an explanation of the Trudeau Government’s position, the Public Safety Minister doubled down on the decision by responding: “We have done absolutely the right thing for all the right reasons.”
I join with my fellow Conservatives in calling upon Omar Khadr to do the right thing; honour the US ruling and award those funds to the families of these fallen heroes.
Member of Parliament for Provencher, Man.