FORSETH – Khadr settlement shows Justin Trudeau is unworthy to lead

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Image: CPAC)

SO OUR DAISIES and sunshine … photo bombing … life is grand. PM Justin Trudeau, along with his Liberal government, has issued a formal apology to a terrorist … who belonged to a terrorist family … who injured, killed, and maimed untold numbers of people.

I don’t give a crap about what anyone else may have to say — this was D I S G U S T I N G, and a slap in the face to all Canadians who believe in justice.

TERRORIST Omar Khadr was captured, and sent to Guantanamo Bay under a PREVIOUS LIBERAL government — he was brought back by a Conservative government.

Regardless however — his CRIME got him where he ended up.  NO ONE, other than his own terrorist father (and other family members), are responsible for that.

Andrew Sheer had it right in this GLOBAL NEWS story:

This settlement is a choice made by Justin Trudeau … a slap in the face to the men and women in uniform who face incredible danger every day to keep us safe … it’s not just wrong, it’s disgusting.”

Jason Kenny was also right, in comments posted to his Facebook page:
The Trudeau government believes in compensating terrorists, not victims of terrorism … it appears that the Liberals colluded with Khadr to ensure the widow of US medic Sgt Christopher Speer murdered by Omar Khadr – would be unable to seize Khadr’s multi-million dollar bounty. This is beyond shameful. The Trudeau Liberals have shown, yet again, how deeply out of touch they are with Canadians.”

Terrorists do not — no should not — have the same rights the rest of Canadians, or any other innocent victims of terrorist activities — and there have been hundreds of examples all across the globe in dozens of countries.  When individuals resort to terrorist activities, their right end at the exact moment they make that choice!

In a CBC interview, this puke (Khadr) stated that he hoped the settlement (which most would consider blood money) would help restore his reputation.

I think it restores a little bit my reputation here in Canada, and I think that’s the biggest thing for me“.

NO Omar — the only thing it does is infuriate the vast majority of Canadians … and further fortifies the unworthiness of Justin Trudeau to lead this country.

In Kamloops, I’m Alan Forseth.

Alan Forseth is a Kamloops resident and former member of the Reform Party of Canada, the B.C. Reform Party and the B.C. Conservative Party. His blog is My Thoughts on Politics and More.

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14 Comments on FORSETH – Khadr settlement shows Justin Trudeau is unworthy to lead

  1. You’ve gone over the edge with these comments Alan. I respect the way you express your opinions most of the time but you’ve crossed the line here with your abusive and extremely derogatory comments. I see a certain amount of bigotry and racism implied in your comments—I thought better of you.
    This is very simple. It’s been proven in court that the federal government broke the law in its treatment of Omar Khadr. The rule of law demands that there be a remedy – no government can act as if it is above the law. The reported settlement and apology recognizes this principle that is critical to the protection of everybody’s rights. Omar Khadr’s rights were violated by the government of Canada. The highest court in the land ruled that Canada actively violated its international human rights obligations towards Omar Khadr. Canada participated in the unlawful and lengthy detention of a child under terrible conditions in Guantánamo Bay, violating his rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Given the length of his detention and his proven and serious mistreatment by the Canadian government, he was likely to succeed in his lawsuit against Canada and would likely have won a significant award of damages.

  2. Sandra Burkholder // July 10, 2017 at 7:06 AM // Reply

    You can’t “play” Canadian democratic rights and freedoms. You are either entitled to them or not.

  3. This column isn’t an opinion — it’s a rant. The facts are that Omar Khadr was born in Canadian, thus making him a Canadian. Secondly, the supreme court ruled that Omar Khadr was badly mistreated as a youth suspect and was not afforded the rights guaranteed under Canadian law.
    With that in mind, the govt of Canada was unlikely to win the lawsuit brought forward by Khadr’s
    lawyers. So the settlement makes sense. If anyone is to blame for this mess, it is Harper. He did not want recognize Khadr as a Canadian who was entitled to protections under Canadian law.

  4. So in retrospect Alan, given a good nights sleep, you recognize exactly what this decision was actually about, by posting and agreeing with the Globes Margaret Wente article.

    The problem here is that in order to get there, you had to first write a column that can only be described as the kind of conservative extremism that must actually ignore Canadian law to make any sense, so you can reinterpret the details of not just the battlefield case, but a Supreme Court decision … multiple Supreme Court decisions..

    Simple fact; If Khadr’s Canadian citizenship was stripped prior to being shipped south, we would not be here today. That is … what it is. We must accept therefore that he is a citizen. We could talk about a 2 tiered citizenship future, but still would not fix today.

    Like all conservative pundits including Sheer and Kenny, in your column you cherry picked what you wanted to from the case and flatly refused to recognize the reality of the situation of how we got here, and did so by the use of the word ‘regardless’ in your 4th paragraph.
    Are you actually condoning that we ignore Canadian law simply by saying ‘regardless’?

    Number one fact is so simple; Previous governments were wrong. There is no ‘regardless’.

    Two; Dumping all the responsibility on a govt and PM that was not in office at the time is odd at best and flaming at worst. What should he do, ignore the Supreme Court and stay in court spending million$ on a case he can not win? You have to ask yourself, do you really want a government of Canada that disregards the Supreme Court? Really? Consider the consequences of that.

    To basically say that in your column, and throw in the insults you did, continues to embolden the con trolls and flamers, who do not have the filter of intelligence and experience that a Mr. Alan Forseth has.

  5. Mr The. Guy // July 9, 2017 at 11:22 AM // Reply

    The Canadian government could have done better. By not getting him out of prison as well as not letting him in this country. His lawyers will get at least half this money anyways. The rest he can use to support other terrorists

  6. Freedom of speech I guess………..

  7. David Goar // July 9, 2017 at 10:21 AM // Reply

    Sometimes, there is a substantial difference between adhering to the law and achieving justice. We, instinctively understand that his as a matter of common sense. The Liberal government appears not to “get it” and their failure will hang, as an albatross, around their neck.

  8. With respect.. this is taken from Mel’s article. The facts are the facts

    “In 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada found that Khadr’s treatment “offends the most basic Canadian standards about the treatment of detained youth suspects.”

    Wow……God help us. What’s next everybody is “packing”, burning crosses, and having segregated bathrooms.

    This rhetoric is disturbing.

    Canadians are better than this.


    • Many people (like me) are angry because they feel the government betrayed them, by paying millions, to a person they believe indeed was a terrorist.

      Also like me, they feel Khadr played upon the democratic freedoms and rights that Canadian have. He did this while at the same time spitting on the same rights we enjoy, and trying to force his beliefs, through terrorism, on others.

      These are the same kinds of individuals who believe that MURDERING innocent women and children in churches is justifiable … mowing them down in vehicles – or bombing them – in public markets is okay … kidnapping or bombing them in / from school classrooms is fine … or any other number of atrocities where people gather is acceptable.

      There is intense emotion on both sides of this situation; NO ONE can, at the end of the day, say they are 100% right in this situation.

      Regardless, many Canadians believe that Khadr should never have received one nickel of this blood money. That will not change, any more than your beliefs he was completely entitled to it.

      The whole situation is sad beyond belief, for all involved.

  9. Alan,
    Justin’s reign will run its course.
    History will show if this is blood money.
    What bothers me about Justin is his statement, used quite often, “I speak for all Canadians”.

    • // July 9, 2017 at 5:07 PM // Reply

      Please read my comments again..I did not say I believe he was entitled to the money. It was the Supreme Court of Canada…the highest court in the land that determined his entlelment. If we do not follow the laws of this great nation then we are no better than those you speak of with such hate.
      God help Canada if your “hate” reflects the many Canadians you speak of…I hope we as a society are better than that.
      With respect.

  10. Al:
    Without hesitation…this is by far the stupidest op-piece ever written.
    Perhaps if Steven Harper would’ve handled the Khadr file a little differently we would’ve never gotten to this.
    Regardless, there are laws in this country and they apply equally and should not differentiate regardless how conservatives may “feel” about it …Trudeau notwithstanding.
    But after a little reading regarding historic events in the Middle East, one can easily conclude the ones behaving badly are not the Arabs nor the Muslims…

    • Good morning Pierre …

      This piece was written after reading story after story about Omar Khadr … his father (a terrorist associate of Osama bin Laden), who indoctrinated him to be a fighter inthe same organization … and then other stories about Christopher Speers wife, Tabatha, left to raise a family without their father … AND THEN the facts of the settlement being negotiated and paid, in secret, despite Speer’s wife going back to court to have a verdict against Omar Khdar, for payment of million$, enforced. In handing over the money, and knowing about Speer’s court action, the government was complicit in ensuring Khadr did not have to pay for HIS killing of Tabatha’s husband.

      The whole case sucks all around, for everyone, … but I think this op / ed, which I read this morning, says it best for those who feel like I do

      • In my opinion, the biggest “export” of the white-dominated human race is lack of empathy.
        Op-pieces notwithstanding.

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