John Ivison: Khadr apology likely to unite Canadians, but not how Liberals hoped

Awarding Khadr $10.5M has made Conservatives incandescent, and many Liberals uncomfortable. It could have a far-reaching impact on the political landscape

The Omar Khadr case has left Canadians deeply divided, said public safety minister Ralph Goodale as he made a statement of apology Friday to the former child soldier.

He might have had a point in 2015, after Khadr’s release from prison — one Angus Reid Institute poll at the time said 55 per cent of Canadians agreed Khadr “remains a potential radicalized threat,” while 52 per cent agreed he had “served his time.”

But voters are likely to be more united by the news that Khadr has received an official apology — and not in the way the government might wish.