Conservative MP Embarrasses Trudeau Government Over Khadr Deal

Oh, dear:

The federal payout to Omar Khadr was a big story in some conservative U.S. media outlets Monday, after nearly two weeks in which it had garnered barely a whisper south of the border.

It was the subject of a condemnatory national newspaper column, the top story on the Fox News website, fodder for cable-news chatter on Fox and a huge surge in interest by Americans online.

“This story is repulsive,” said a Fox News host. To which former pizza entrepreneur and presidential candidate Herman Cain replied: “It is a pathetic interpretation of the law. Canada basically rewarded a murderer.”

The burst of attention started with a Wall Street Journal piece by a Canadian opposition MP.

Conservative Peter Kent published a scorching op-ed titled, “A Terrorist’s Big Payday, Courtesy of Trudeau,” that helped the story gain traction elsewhere.

The item began with a description of Khadr killing an American army medic, Christopher Speer, when he was 15 years old and fighting alongside al-Qaida in Afghanistan. It explained how Khadr won a court fight in Canada over how he was treated by Canadian intelligence officials while detained at Guantanamo Bay, was repatriated to Canada, released on bail and sued the Canadian government for $20 million for violating his rights.

The Ontario MP criticized the Trudeau government for settling with Khadr, while the victim’s family got nothing.

By Monday afternoon, the issue was the No. 1 story on the Fox News website.



The political fallout from the Omar Khadr payout has largely been portrayed as a Liberal government vs. Conservative opposition issue – with Conservative leader Andrew Scheer taking a stand against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The NDP has managed to stay largely off the radar, despite being in the midst of a leadership race. Lucky for them.

Lucky because this has become a wedge issue that isn’t as easy for them as you might at first suspect.

It perfectly exemplifies the big split that exists among the rank-and-file of Canada’s left-wing party: the champagne socialists vs. the blue collar types.

The Angus Reid Institute poll on the matter showed 71% of Canadians opposed the government’s settlement deal with Khadr and would have preferred they tough it out and fight it in court.

When broken down by voter intention, the Conservative opposition was highest at 91%.

However 64% of NDP voters also rejected the deal, several points higher than the Liberal opposition, at 61%.

That’s a red flag to the NDP caucus and party grandees that this is one of those common sense issues where they risk upsetting a huge swath of their support if they play it wrong.

But it looks like they already know this.

  • Clink9

    I hope Trump spanks Lil’ Shit For Brains so hard he forgets which ass to lick next.

  • WalterBannon

    Trudeau is a treasonous douche

    • Jabberwokk

      No he is a figure head. The liberal party “intelectuals” and idealouges are at the heart of this. When there in trouble they will gladly save their own necks by throwing PM Trudeau to the wolves.

      • Alain

        You hit the nail on the head.

      • Trudeau doesn’t get thrown to the wolves, at least not on purpose. Consider that he was always a figurehead. He will get blamed. Who among Trudeau’s lackeys will fall on their swords for him?

        • Alain

          None of them.

        • Jabberwokk

          None and that’s my point. Ignatieff, Dion, and Butts will knife him in the back the second it makes sense(to them) to do so.

          They could have had an astronaut as there leader but went with an easily manipulated foolish but pleasant young looking man. Which is par for the course when the liberals have always succeeded when being the party that is the skin of the truth stuffed with a lie. He was a calculated necessity for power and nothing more.

          I actually feel sorry for him because I’m certain the hammer will drop on him as it did his father. Only difference was at least his father earned it himself but then getting things you didn’t earn is pretty much Justin’s story isn’t it?

          • I don’t feel sorry for Justin at all. The best thing that could happen is that he crashes, burns and loses all of his money. Once he is gone, Butts will have to hide with whatever cash he can run away with.

          • Jabberwokk


            I wish he would go back to his million dollar life and be thankful for it and leave the rest of us alone.

          • I want him to have nothing.

          • Jabberwokk

            And that right there is a suckers game. A game I’m pretty sure the liberal thinkers want you to play because they play all the time. Your anger can blind you, and a blinded you is easier for them to manipulate. You see at some point they looked at people like us and said the same “I want them to have nothing”. I’m sure Marx felt that way as well, hell it’s probably the first step on the road to Marxism itself.

            I won’t have anything to do with it. I don’t care what they have or don’t have. So my response is “I will give them nothing”. Not even brain space. Not even a memory. I forgive them to rid myself of any trace, that way they can never have no foothold on me at all.

          • No, I mean I literally want Trudeau reduced to poverty.

            I see your points, though.

          • Jabberwokk

            Yes I understood that to be what you wanted.

            also thank you. Your a good guy Kinyobe.

          • Cheers.

            And watch “Dunkirk”.