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07-13-2017, 09:32 PM
Former PM Stephen Harper reaches out to Khadr victim

By Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun
First posted: Thursday, July 13, 2017 11:30 AM EDT

First it was a Toronto Sun reader buying a full-page advertisement to apologize to Omar Khadr’s victims for the eight-figure settlement he received from the Canadian government.

Now former prime minister Stephen Harper has reached out to the families to express his outrage.

Upset about the Liberal government’s $10.5-million settlement with Khadr, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s predecessor picked up the phone Wednesday and called American soldier Layne Morris at his home in Utah.

“Layne spoke with Prime Minister Harper today,” his wife, Leisl, said on Wednesday night.

The call came just hours before lawyers for Morris and the widow of American special forces Sgt. Christopher Speer went into court to attempt to freeze Khadr’s assets with a view that the windfall could be applied to a $134-milllion American court judgment they won.

It is believed Harper made a similar call to Speer’s widow, Tabitha, but neither side has confirmed.

However, Leisl Morris said her husband had a good talk with Harper.

“Layne had a little trouble matching schedules with Prime Minister Harper but once they did connect, they spoke for a little over six minutes,” she said.

Her husband was thrilled by the gesture.

“He was very nice,” she said of Harper. “Prime Minister Harper apologized for the payout to Omar.”

And although he appreciated the former prime minister saying that, Morris said it was not necessary.

“Layne told him he did not need an apology because he knows the heart of the Canadian people and understands it’s the government and the current prime minister’s doing,” Leisl said.

She also said it “touched our hearts” that a “concerned” Canadian would spend their own money to take out a full-page ad in the Toronto Sun to let the families know not all Canadians agree with both the amount of the settlement to Khadr and the official apology.

The man who took out the ad told me Thursday: “I am staying anonymous for now because it was meant to come from the sentiment of regular Canadians who feel this way and not just from one. I did it because I felt I needed to put my money where my heart was.”

He said he also appreciated seeing similar commentary from Canadians from coast to coast, including from Harper himself.

Harper has been critical on social media of the settlement.

“The government today attempted to lay blame elsewhere for their decision to conclude a secret deal with Omar Khadr,” Harper wrote in a statement Friday. “The decision to enter into this deal is theirs, and theirs alone, and it is simply wrong. Canadians deserve better than this.

“Today my thoughts are with Tabitha Speer and the families of all Canadian and allied soldiers who paid the ultimate price fighting to protect us.”

And now Harper has expressed this sentiment directly to Khadr’s victims.


07-13-2017, 09:54 PM
Not even in office anymore and still acting like a better pm than Justin. Then again, Harper just has to wake up in the morning to pull that off.

07-13-2017, 09:54 PM

The only class the current PM had was 5 period, right after lunch... acting, of course.

07-13-2017, 10:03 PM
Not even in office anymore and still acting like a better pm than Justin. Then again, Harper just has to wake up in the morning to pull that off.

And Trudeau, Butts et al must be having a temper tantrum given Khadr's victims repeatedly referred to him as PRIME MINISTER Harper, and not former Prime Minister Harper.

07-14-2017, 12:36 AM
PM Harper, all class, all the time.

07-14-2017, 06:44 AM
as a proud canadian , i really miss Steven Harper .....

with the previous harper GVT, we went from a top notch administration of our country , only to then fall so low with turd-o and its bunch of mentally ill shemales .....

Run 'n' Gun
07-14-2017, 09:51 AM
Yes we do sir, yes we do...


Weekend Gunslingers
07-14-2017, 10:35 AM
Harper represents everything the libs hate:

1. Class
2. Decorum
3. The ability to lead
4. Brings respect to the office he held.
5. Moral values
6. Integrity
7. Put Canadian interests above UN interests
8. Being qualified for the office he held

etc etc etc

07-15-2017, 12:36 AM
9. An IQ with three digits.
10. Good taste in socks.
11. Being unapologetically patriotic and unaffected to say "God bless Canada."

07-15-2017, 10:03 AM
12. Promised "No safe haven" for terrorist a**holes

07-15-2017, 06:57 PM
Justin Trudeau is the political reflection of the existential, postmodern society we have become.

Of all the "national conversations" we need to have, Meaning of Life and Purpose of Mankind ought to be the first. Every other aspect of society hangs on those two inderstandings.