Less than one month after being created a petition by Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre urging the Canadian government to condemn its own payout to Omar Khadr, has grown rapidly reaching over 8000 signatures.
The Khadr Case
Khadr was born in Canada on Sept. 19, 1986, at Scarborough’s Centenary Hospital. Both his parents were Canadian citizens. His mother was born in Egypt and moved to Mississauga as a teenager. Khadr’s father grew up in Cairo and moved to Ottawa to attend university. Khadr’s parents moved to Afghanistan when he was eight, and by 15 he had been recruited to fight.
He has confessed under duress to the murder of army medic Christopher Speer, and as a result lost a civil rights case to Speer’s widow requiring him to pay roughly $134 million. While he also most likely had his rights violated when he was interrogated in Guantanamo in 2003 and 2004, knowing he was a minor, without legal representation and had been subjected to torture.
Moral Need to Act
Conservative MP and lawyer Erin O’Toole, among others, has argued that a payout was not inevitable and government lawyers should have continued to fight the lawsuit.
This petition assumes O’Toole’s point to be true but does its best to at least apologize for the government’s actions
The petition states
- The Canadian government did not force Omar Khadr to fight for the Taliban and murder a U.S. medic;
- The Canadian government had no role in his subsequent incarceration;
- The people of Canada owe Omar Khadr no compensation;
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to condemn Prime Minister Trudeau’s $10.5 million payment to Omar Khadr.
The petition can be signed by click this link.
What is your opinion, should Khadr keep the money? Should Canada have paid out in the first place?