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.

  • tom_billesley

    How many of these Canadian dollars will go as zakat to fund terror?

    • All of them.

      • Reader

        Except those donated back to Liberal Party candidates leading up to the 2019 federal election.

  • Marvin
  • SDMatt

    The handling of this is so bad that you have to imagine that the Shiny Pony and his band of young dummies eschewed the advice of Liberal veterans. The proper way to have handled this would have been to fight it as long as possible – the Libs stating that they actually saved Canadians money is a gut buster of the first order – and only giving in after signalling and demonstrating that they were totally against it.

    Instead by caving and by apologizing to Khadr and paying him off secretly in the middle of the night before the U.S. widow’s legal actions could get at the money, the Libs have attached themselves firmly to this odious dreck.

    It may have pleased their Muslim masters but normal Canadians are furious. Thing is, will the Cons take advantage of it in the next election or will they be the Stupid Party?

    • DMB

      The Liberals seem quite proud of themselves for awarding Omar Khadr $10.5 million. The only thing missing out of this is Justin personally handing Omark Khadr an Order of Canada award for killing an American soldier since Justin and his father hates/hated America. They truly are an odious party.

  • moraywatson

    I am beginning to fear that Justin is actually the son of George Soros.

    • Observer

      And I thought he was just Fidel’s son brought up by Pierre’s servants.

  • Observer

    Here is a rundown on the Khadr Clan:

    A quick sketch of Omar Khadr’s family

    The Canadian Press
    Published Saturday, September 29, 2012 7:24PM EDT

    A quick sketch of the Toronto-based family of Omar Khadr, who was
    transferred to Canadian custody from Guantanamo Bay on Saturday.

    Ahmed Said Khadr
    Born in Egypt, Omar Khadr’s father moved to Canada in 1977, where he
    met and married Maha Elsamnah. Khadr fought the Soviets in Afghanistan
    in the 1980s where U.S. authorities allege he befriended Osama bin Laden
    and became a “founding member” and financier of al-Qaida. His family
    says he did both charity work and ran orphanages in Afghanistan and
    Pakistan in the 1980s and 1990s. Arrested in connection with the bombing
    of the Egyptian embassy in Islamabad in 1995, Khadr was released in
    1996 with the help of then-prime minister Jean Chretien. Khadr died in a
    gun battle with Pakistani forces near the Afghanistan border in October

    Maha Elsamnah
    Born in Palestine, Omar Khadr’s mother moved with her husband and six
    children to Afghanistan in the 1980s. She returned to Canada in 2004 to
    seek medical treatment for her son Karim after he was injured in the
    same firefight that killed her husband. Elsamnah claims to have no
    association with al-Qaida, but admitted that when the planes hit the
    World Trade Center in 2001, she thought to herself, “Let them have it.”
    She was also quoted as saying that she took her family away from Canada
    in the 1980s because of “drug addicts” and “homosexuals.”

    Omar Khadr
    The second youngest son of Ahmed Said Khadr and Maha Elsamnah, the
    26-year-old was born in Toronto but also lived in Pakistan and
    Afghanistan. He received training in bomb making, marksmanship and
    combat instruction at al-Qaida training camps. He was detained badly
    wounded in Afghanistan in 2002 as a 15-year-old following a battle with
    U.S. troops in which he was shot three times. In October 2010, Khadr
    pleaded guilty to throwing a hand grenade that killed an American
    special forces soldier and sentenced to a further eight years.

    Abdul Karim Khadr
    Karim, 23, is the youngest son of Ahmed Said Khadr and Maha Elsamnah.
    He was paralyzed from the waist down in the same gun battle that killed
    his father in Pakistan in 2003. He returned with his mother to Canada in
    April 2004 to seek medical treatment and is now living in Toronto.

    Abdullah Khadr
    Abdullah, 31, is the eldest son of Ahmed Said Khadr and Maha Elsamnah.
    Khadr denied running an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan in the
    1990s. He returned to Canada on Dec. 7, 2005, after spending a year in
    custody in Pakistan in which he said he was tortured. He was arrested in
    Toronto on Dec. 17, 2005, at the request of U.S. authorities on charges
    of conspiracy to kill Americans outside the U.S. and accused of
    purchasing arms and ammunition for al-Qaida militants in Afghanistan.
    Federal Court freed him more than four years later on the grounds U.S.
    authorities had abused his rights in Pakistan. He lives in Toronto.

    Zaynab Khadr
    Zaynab, 33, is the eldest child of Ahmed Said Khadr and Maha Elsamnah.
    It’s alleged bin Laden attended her wedding in 1999. She returned to
    live in Canada in February 2005, and was the subject of RCMP
    investigations for allegedly aiding al-Qaida. She later married Joshua
    Boyle, whom she met during a hunger-strike on Parliament Hill in 2008 to
    protest her brother’s detention in Guantanamo Bay.

    Abdurahman Khadr
    The second eldest son, Abdurahman, 29, calls himself the “black sheep”
    of the Khadrs and says he separated from the family after Sept. 11. He
    was arrested in Afghanistan as a suspected al-Qaida member in November
    2001. He claimed he began working for the CIA and giving information on
    al-Qaida operatives in Kabul. He was transferred to Guantanamo Bay in
    early 2003 where he said he was asked to spy on the prison population.
    Abdurahman admitted in a television interview that he was “raised to
    become a suicide bomber.” He returned to Canada in October 2003. He
    lives in Toronto and is a father.

  • vimy
    • UCSPanther

      I would have the younger version of Omar Khadr in a Hitler Youth Panzergrenadier uniform.

      This payout is like giving one of those young Nazis $10 million after getting shot just after he lobs a panzerfaust at a Canadian tank in WWII…

      • vimy

        I would imagine he has moved up in the ranks a little since then.

        • UCSPanther

          I am now curious at what the future will hold for Khadr. Word has it that he may skedaddle back to his homeland.

          Maybe he will end up like his old man. Karma has a way of making people pay for their crimes. Just ask Samir Kuntar, who was gibbed by an IDF airstrike…

  • That everyone hates Trudeau and Khadr in equal measure?

    I’d say so.