It’s time the Liberals ended their pearl-clutching about Conservatives criticizing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s $10.5 million deal with Omar Khadr in the U.S. media.
This based on allegations by Liberals like Trudeau Principal Secretary Gerald Butts and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna.
They argue that by appearing in American media criticizing the Trudeau/Khadr settlement, Conservative MPs like Peter Kent (Wall Street Journal) and Michelle Rempel (Fox News) risk undermining Canada’s NAFTA negotiations with the U.S.
The current “Discover Canada” guide dates back to 2011 when the previous Conservative government did its own overhaul designed to provide more information on Canadian values and history.
Some of the Conservatives’ insertions attracted controversy, including increased detail about the War of 1812 and a warning that certain “barbaric cultural practices,” such as honour killings and female genital mutilation, are crimes in Canada.
No reason to be knowledgeable about your new homeland’s history or laws – the history is changing and the laws don’t apply to immigrants anyway.
And very soon, they could be the responsibility of the federal government.
The children of Canadian members of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant form part of a potentially explosive dilemma confronting federal officials. As ISIL teeters on the brink of military defeat, what should the government do when and if Canadian members of ISIL are captured?
Some experts say Ottawa has no choice but to try to repatriate and prosecute in Canada any detained members, ensuring they aren’t tortured or otherwise mistreated by local forces. As for those ISIL children, if they have one Canadian parent, they would be citizens and, lawyers say, deserve help.
“The government has absolutely no choice but to protect the Charter rights of these Canadians,” said Lorne Dawson, a University of Waterloo professor who has extensively studied radicalized youth.
More than two years after he was out on bail, Khadr is engaged to be married and attending a private Christian university. Like many juveniles (including child soldiers) who have transitioned successfully into mainstream society, Khadr has shown every sign that his past is behind him.
Khadr remains to date the only child soldier who has been prosecuted for war crimes since World War II. At the time of his trial in front of a sham US military tribunal, Radhika Coomaraswamy, former UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, asserted that “Child soldiers must be treated primarily as victims and alternative procedures should be in place aimed at rehabilitation or restorative justice”.
Global News has obtained exclusive new information about how Justin Trudeau’s trip to the Aga Kahn’s resort was organized. The documents reveal how complex and last-minute the trip was and how that complexity may have contributed to an ethics investigation that is now nearly seven-months old.
The app, funded by the Canadian federal government and developed by Toronto-based company CARROT Insights in 2015, is sponsored by a number of companies offering reward points for their services as an incentive to “learn” how to improve wellness and budget finances. According to CARROT Insights, “All offers are designed by sources you can trust like the BC Ministry of Health, Newfoundland and Labrador Government, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Diabetes Association, and YMCA.” Users can choose to receive rewards for companies including SCENE, Aeroplan, Petro-Canada, or More Rewards, a loyalty program that partners with other businesses.
Do you remember the names Robert Hall and John Ridsdel? If not, it may not be entirely surprising. After all, not long ago you mused on a U.S. TV entertainment program about it being time for Canada’s first female Prime Minister.
Justin Trudeau offered his strongest defence yet of his government’s $10.5-million settlement with Omar Khadr on Saturday, saying he hopes it serves as an example to future governments.
“When governments violate Canadians’ fundamental rights, there have to be consequences and we hope that the message going forward to all future governments is: you can not ignore or be complicit in the violation of Canadians fundamental rights, regardless of what they did,” said Trudeau.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he did not reach out to Tabitha Speer in the wake of his government’s decision to apologize and compensate Omar Khadr.
Speaking to reporters in Rhode Island after delivering the keynote speech at the National Governors Association conference on Friday, Trudeau also would not comment on reports former prime minister Stephen Harper called both Speer and wounded U.S. soldier Layne Morris after the settlement became public.
“I did not reach out and I have no comment on what the former prime minister did,” he said.
The Trudeau Liberals gave the Clinton Foundation $20M to “support projects that will provide critical sexual and reproductive health services around the world.”, but didn’t they already announce funding of $650M for these same issues on International Women’s Day?
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Omar Khadr may have won the first round in a fight over the enforcement of a $134-million US judgment against him, but his legal ordeal could stretch on for years, possibly ending up at the Supreme Court.
“ZAHLE, LEBANON—Far from the front lines of the battle against Daesh in Iraq and Syria, a Canadian-funded initiative to counter the jihadist group in the Middle East is quietly playing out deep in the rugged countryside of Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley.
So quietly, some experts question whether its impact is even measurable.”
That sounds like a very typical Liberal “plan”, maybe Sophie could sing them a song.