I think the time has come when we must ask ourselves the difficult questions. So many serious subjects are reduced to "party" rhetoric, that deeper thinking doesn't occur.
The issue of Omar Khadr is one that seems to be sidestepped all to often by politicians. Today as part of his request to Mr. Harper, Dion included:
Demand the removal of Omar Khadr from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, and his transfer to the United States to be tried in a legitimate court. Mr. Khadr must also be afforded same the legal protections and guarantees upon which Canada’s government would insist for any other Canadian citizen. If the US cannot do so, we will call for Mr. Khadr’s repatriation to Canada where he can be dealt with by our justice system.
Khadr generates an awful lot of hatred and specific characterisation, which is really neither here, nor there. The real issue to me, is the desire to compromise the rights we associate (and cherish), with being a Canadian citizen. I simply don't believe you can choose to whom you will apply the rights implied by citizenship.
In doing so, surely you diminish it's value and our collective values that we generally view with great pride. Our country has developed through those values and while this is not the first time that we have reduced the rights of some, haven't we always lived to regret that? Haven't we always seen the great injustice of it as time passes? Aren't we meant to develop beyond the last error, not just keep repeating it? The Canadian aspect of Maher Arar's passport was ignored. Did we not learn from that?
Harper now stands virtually alone among U.S. allies in not condemning or even criticizing the Guantanamo prison camp, which even the administration here concedes has become a stain on America's reputation worldwide.
That is an astonishing fact. We know of course that Australia and the UK had all their Nationals returned. Harper is either to reluctant to demand the same, due to the potential political fall out, or he doesn't care and is comfortable with leaving him there.
Good for Dion in making this request of Harper. No one is asking for his freedom, he deserves to be charged and tried in a legitimate court of law. Dion is for the justice that we in Canada demand for ALL citizens, not just the one's you like.