What if Harper had said no on Khadr’s return?

- October 1st, 2012

There are plenty of outraged conservatives out there angry that Prime Minister Stephen Harper agreed to take Omar Khadr back. The argument goes that the government never should have agreed to sing onto the plea deal that saw him sentenced to eight years in prison and able to apply for return to Canada after one year.

But would have rejecting that part of the offer have changed anything?

I’d have to say the evidence says no. Mad as I am that Khadr is in Canada and will likely be freed by next summer, not much would have changed had Harper said no.

Prior to the Harper government’s arrival in 2006 the transfer of prisoners, other than Khadr, from American prisons to Canadian prisons was routine and essentially rubber stamped. But rejecting some applications has not been met with kindly by the justice system in this country.

Last June a judge ordered the government to take another look at an application of a fellow in jail in the US after being caught with 119 kilos of cocaine. This was the 15th time a judge had ordered a re-do for the government.

So imagine that the US made Khadr the offer, serve eight years and apply for return to Canada after one and the Harper government said no. If that had happened Khadr’s lawyers would have been aware, the plea deal would not have been stopped and the rejection by the Canadian government would have been used in a court proceeding to force Khadr’s return.

At best saying no to that part of the deal would have delayed Khadr’s return to Canada by six to 12 months but at worst a leftie judge would have used it in a ruling to bring Khadr back even earlier.

I don’t like that Khadr is here but getting mad at the government for allowing this to happen makes about as much sense as being angry that they didn’t do enough to stop the sun from rising.

Remember, the jury wanted to give him 40 years, the Obama admin said 8 would do.

 

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7 comments

  1. Erik says:

    Direct flight to Afghanistan. No parachute needed!

  2. Concerned says:

    I’m fed up with innocent people dying at the hand of gov’t. I’m sick of it. Who the hell do they think they are that they can make decisions regarding our safety behind our backs. That’s why these situations occur, secrets, and trying to go behind the citizen’s backs, for their own political career. There is too much power and money in gov’t.

  3. Alain says:

    Okay fair enough, but now I want to seem Kadhr tried for high treason, as he clearly meets the definition under existing Canadian law. In fact he and whole family should have their Canadian citizenship revoked and deported.

  4. Annonymous says:

    I’m missing where the Hi-Jackers came from Afghanistan (or Iraq)wasn’t it Saudi Arabia ? I’m missing where a war on terror is a legit reason to invade a country and murder it’s citizens and I missed the memo that said torturing a person (physically or mentally)for a confession wasn’t illicit. I think that the killing (or attacking)of invaders is justified in the defense of a country, ask the US who who recruited and supplied Bin Laden to attack and kill Russians. Torture a person for hours and days on end and they’ll say what you want them to. Harper is just trying to be a junior US and we call them at work brown-nosers.

  5. Bill Wells says:

    The kid was 15 when he was captured. The kid had bullet holes in his face and chest. The kid was a Canadian citizen. The kid was taken to the war zone by an adult,his father. He lived in hell while he was being tortured in jail. Is there something wrong here Canada?

  6. jen says:

    What if Harper had said no on Khadr’s return?
    Regardless, Omar was born in Canada and like other terrorist at Gitmo were returned to the country of birth: Australia for one, after Obama in his campaign in 2008 said that he was going to shut down Gitmo.

    The canadian government refused back then to accept Omar but sooner or later Omar a born canadian was to come back.

    Since 2006, when the cpc government came into power the libs ndp and the bloc demanded to know when omar was going to come back to canada. They railed on the cpc every day for the ‘return of Omar’. even CBC CTV joined in the chorus.

    Now that omar is here, the media must be lining up with bouquets of flowers to give to their terrorist.

  7. Lawrence says:

    I find it funny that the commenters that support Khadr can’t even use their own names when writing comments. Concerned and AnnonymASS are really standing behind their convictions.

    I what to know why Stephen Harper can’t have the Minister of Justice fight to have Omar Khadr declared a dangerous offender if nothing else.

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