Who supports Omar Khadr’s return?

- May 25th, 2012

Abacus Data has the numbers:

OTTAWA – The Tories will be at odds with the majority of Canadians – and almost 70% of their supporters – when they eventually allow convicted terrorist Omar Khadr back into Canada, a new poll shows.

The Abacus Data survey into public opinion on Khadr, who pleaded guilty in 2010 to war crimes committed in Afghanistan when he was 15 years old, suggests 53% of Canadians view him as a security threat and shouldn’t be allowed back into the country.

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  1. Jen says:

    Who supports and I add ‘demand’ Omar Khadr’s return?

    THE NDP LIBERALS AND THE BLOC all demanded Omar Khadr be brought back into Canada that’s who Ezra.
    BTW, the government at the time of the demand was the minority conservative party.

    If Glenn Beck was here, he would have shown the videos tapes even speeches made by the opposition parties for their Omar K.

    The Minority cpc government at the time were also told by the opposition parties to follow Obama request in accepting a few other Gitmo terrorist prisoners but the minority CPC then said ‘no’ to the opposition parties request.

  2. Jen says:

    Foreign Affairs and International Development
    [Table of Contents]

    Mr. Wayne Marston (Hamilton East—Stoney Creek, NDP):

    On March 11 of this year, at the Subcommittee on International Human Rights, I moved a motion to review the case of Omar Khadr and to report to the foreign affairs committee with recommendations to the government.

    I did so for no political points, as has been suggested by the government. I did so because the handling of this case is so fundamental to Canadians’ sense of what is just and their expectations that Canada will assume its responsibilities under the international covenants it signs.

    As we know, the foreign affairs committee has tabled the subcommittee’s report with the addition of the government’s dissenting opinion.

    Recently released internal reports from Canadian officials say that Omar Khadr is “a good kid” and that he has not been radicalized. According to these reports, Mr. Khadr understands that he is in Guantanamo because of his family.

    At this point, I would like to reiterate the committee’s recommendations.

    The committee recommended “that the Government of Canada demand the immediate termination of Military Commission proceedings against Omar Khadr”.

    The committee expressed “its objection to the position stated by the United States that it reserves the right to detain Omar Khadr as an ‘enemy combatant’, notwithstanding an acquittal or the possible termination of proceedings”.

    The committee recommended “that the Government of Canada demand Omar Khadr’s release from US custody at Guantanamo Bay to the custody of Canadian law enforcement officers as soon as practical”.

    The committee called “on the Director of Public Prosecutions to investigate, and, if warranted, prosecute Omar Khadr for offences under Canadian [criminal] law”.

    The committee went on to recommend “that the Government of Canada take such measures as are necessary to ensure that possible security concerns are appropriately and adequately addressed upon the repatriation of Omar Khadr”.

    http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=39&Ses=2&DocId=3595466

  3. Jen says:

    Mr. Joe Comartin (Windsor—Tecumseh, NDP):
    Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Hamilton for allowing me to share his time.

    The report goes to the fundamental reason we have democracy and elected governments. It also goes to our responsibility as members of Parliament and as government to protect our citizens.

    We have a responsibility to all of our citizens. We do not have the right to pick and choose. We cannot say, in the case of Mr. Samson or Ms. Martin, that we will do whatever we can as a country to get them out of a prison in another country but then say that we will not do that for Mr. Khadr. That is not why we were sent here by our constituents.

    We have a moral and legal responsibility to Mr. Khadr and these responsibilities are clear. These responsibilities should not come as a shock to the current government. Other countries like us, which have full democracies, have honoured these responsibilities since 9/11, since the start of the Afghanistan war. I am speaking of countries like England, France, Germany, and we could go down the list.

    When those countries told the United States that they wanted their citizens back, those citizens who the U.S. had in custody, and which, by its own supreme court, was found to be illegal, unconstitutional and against international law, in every case the United States returned them and there were no repercussions.

    The Conservative government sits in fear that somehow if it stands on its hind legs and tells the United States that it will do as it is supposed to do as a sovereign power in protecting its citizens and ask that Mr. Khadr be returned to Canada that there will be negative repercussions. The government does act from that fear and it continues to refuse to accept its responsibilities, both moral and legal.

    We see that in the dissenting report. It just smacks of a lack of courage on the part of the government to do what it is supposed to do.

    This is, by any international standard, a tragedy that has been allowed to go on for over six years. It was quite clear from the very beginning that Mr. Khadr was a child soldier. We were the leading country in pressing for an international protocol to protect children, whatever the colour of their skin, their religion or their families, from being used and abused as child soldiers.

    All of the evidence in the Khadr case says that Omar Khadr suffered exactly that. He was used and abused by his family and by the system in Afghanistan but the Conservative government refuses to accept that reality. The evidence of that is absolutely overwhelming.

    Instead, to the government’s eternal shame, what we hear day after day, when Conservative members stand in the House during question period to respond to questions from all opposition parties about bringing Mr. Khadr home to have him treated here by both our criminal justice system and our…

  4. Jen says:

    Spare me the dribble about ABACUS POLL.
    Do the public know that it was the CPC PM HARPER who went international to fight for canada’s survival during the recession or is this piece of news is withheld from the public so as to be used for the opposition parties.

    Do the public know that the NDP wants to put a moratorium right across canadian ports, shut down oilsands and the thousands of jobs that comes with it.

    Do the public know that the ‘nude’ painting of the PM was done without his permission and if they would like beind done to them (public) without their permission?

    Do the public know that it was the ndp bloc and the libs who called on a minority gov to have Omar K. be returned to canada? Or is this question being withheld.

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