Trudeau's Liberals Provide Convicted Terrorist Omar Khadr with Official Apology and $10.5M
OTTAWA -- The federal government apologized Friday to Omar Khadr, sparking fresh public debate about the former Guantanamo Bay inmate and a new round of political finger-pointing in a long-running drama that has left Canadians deeply divided.
After the apology to the Toronto-born Khadr was released on paper, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale emerged to confirm the two sides had reached a settlement -- and to acknowledge that it would not please everyone.
"The debate will no doubt continue passionately on all sides," Goodale told a news conference on Parliament Hill. "It is a complex saga."
The federal apology, delivered Friday in a terse statement, did not mention financial compensation, but followed reports of a controversial $10.5-million settlement of Khadr's long-standing lawsuit.
"On behalf of the government of Canada, we wish to apologize to Mr. Khadr for any role Canadian officials may have played in relation to his ordeal abroad and any resulting harm," the statement reads.
"We hope that this expression, and the negotiated settlement reached with the government, will assist him in his efforts to begin a new and hopeful chapter in his life with his fellow Canadians.
"The details of the settlement are confidential between Mr. Khadr and the government."