Omar Khadr: The pendulum swings…..finally.

Justin Trudeau has asked new justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to review the government’s litigation strategy. Included on her agenda is the previous government’s appeal of the decision to release Omar Khadr on bail pending the action to have his U.S. conviction reversed. At this point, she has simply asked for a delay in the process but the smart money and ‘common sense’, as Khadr lawyer Dennis Edney puts it, says the Liberal government will drop the matter.

Staff reporter Ben Spurr’s Toronto Star November 29 “Ottawa delays decision on Khadr appeal” is a quick overview on the subject, and strikes a decidedly sympathetic chord. As well, CBC television’s Firsthand at 9pm on Thursday, December 3, ran Omar Khadr: Out of the Shadows, a shorter version of Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.

Is sanity really creeping back into Ottawa? We sent a letter off to Minister Wilson-Raybould:

December 4, 2015

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould,
Minister of Justice,
House of Commons,
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Re: Ottawa delays decision on Khadr appeal
Toronto Star, Sunday, November 29, 2015

Dear Minister:

Finally, finally, the sun begins to shine in Ottawa!

The previous government’s shameful treatment of one human being for the sake of questionable ‘heinous’ political gain forever damns it to the sewer of gutter opportunism. And, how blatantly obvious the leaders of that government made their intentions, too.

I propose that Stephen Harper be compelled to hand Canada’s settlement cheque to Omar Khadr during a July 1st celebration on Parliament Hill once the claim against his homeland has been resolved.

In the meantime, I encourage you to withdraw any objection to his parole status, and to support the action to have his conviction in the United States overturned.

Yours truly,

Charles H. Klassen
cc Stephen Harper – House of Commons
Steven Blaney – House of Commons
Ben Spurr – The Toronto Star

Given a better effort to locate a mailing address, we would have preferred to also send a copy of this letter to a previous justice minister, now The Honourable Mr. Justice Victor E. Toews of the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench. His was a federal appointment under Harper’s government so we commiserate with Manitoba’s burden. It has been a pleasure to read, though, that Justice Toews’ salary is being garnisheed by Quebec for unpaid rent on accommodation in Gatineau while he was still in Ottawa.

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