I personally wish to express my immense shock and disappointment at the decision by Justin Trudeau to support a formal apology and include a $10 Million settlement to Omar Khadr. It’s important to note a few things: most importantly, Omar Khadr was convicted and found guilty of his crimes. He admitted that he killed a U.S. Army Medic and that he was working with a terrorist organization that killed 24 Canadians on September 11, 2001. In the past, the Government of Canada has acknowledged and apologized for cases where the accused was never convicted of terror related crime. This is not the case with Omar Khadr, and I reject the idea that we as taxpayers are now responsible.

When a Canadian soldier is killed or injured in battle, the government provides a lump sum payment up to a maximum of $360,000 to that injured Soldier or the Soldier’s family, yet the current government is willing to provide $10 million to Omar Khadr, which seems incredibly out-of-line regardless of your personal opinion on the crime committed.

This should not be a partisan issue, but one where we think about Christopher Speer’s widow and family, who must relive their ordeal every time this issue comes up in the media. I believe the victim of this crime is Tabitha Speer and her children who now no longer have a husband or father because of the actions of Omar Khadr. I will personally be opposing this apology, $10 Million pay-out and any future financial support to Omar Khadr.

Matt Jeneroux

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