July 10, 2017
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Dear Prime Minister,
“The Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects all Canadians, every one of us, even when it is uncomfortable,” you said at the end of the Group of 20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. “This is not about the detail of the merits of the Khadr case. When the government violates any Canadian’s charter rights we all end up paying for it.”
Needless to say, the Khadr payout hurts. Not that I begrudge the apology, thought I do find the compensation somewhat excessive considering his father and a foreign government are largely to blame for the young man’s misfortunes.
A monthly stipend allowing him to get on with his life away from the public eye, in my opinion, would have been sufficient and more appropriate.
A pittance, which mainly involves restitution of moneys to which I was entitled e.g. my pension before I was deprived of my Charter Rights, in this instance due process, is all I am asking. Yet, this small entreaty is not worthy of an acknowledgement from Treasury Board (letter attached) which your office asked to look into the matter.