Former PM Stephen Harper Blasts Liberals for 'Secret Deal' with Terrorist Omar Khadr
OTTAWA — Former prime minister Stephen Harper says the Trudeau government was wrong to make a “secret deal” with Omar Khadr and then try to blame his government for it.
“The government today attempted to lay blame elsewhere for their decision to conclude a secret deal with Omar Khadr. The decision to enter into this deal is theirs, and theirs alone, and it is simply wrong. Canadians deserve better than this,” he said on his Facebook page.
On Friday morning, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland issued a public apology to Khadr, who was held at Guantanamo Bay for 10 years. During his imprisonment, Khadr pleaded guilty in the death of Sgt. Christopher Speer, an American medic who died in Afghanistan in 2002.
The government reached a settlement with Khadr, though the details are being kept confidential. Reports surfaced this week that the government paid Khadr $10.5 million for the violation of his charter rights by Canadian officials.
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