Who's to blame for the Khadr payout? Stephen Harper, mostly. - 2017-07-11

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F0.png Who's to blame for the Khadr payout? Stephen Harper, mostly. July 11, 2017, Ian Greene, Opinion, iPolitics

Since July 4, Canadians have been embroiled in a debate about the the Canadian government's $10.5 million payment to settle Omar Khadr's lawsuit over illegal imprisonment and treatment.

Three points stand out: the abandonment of the rule of law by some public servants and cabinet ministers; the dangers of obfuscating the truth; and the sense that it is unfair for all Canadians to pay so much for the serious errors of a few.

The rule of law is a key legal support for a democracy. Many were shocked when the George W. Bush administration ditched it in order to extract quick revenge for 9/11 by setting aside due process for those captured and sent to the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay. Of course, that was precisely the kind of reaction al Qaida wanted in its efforts to undermine U.S. democratic institutions.

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