In February 2008 when pressed why his government decided not to intervene in the planned execution of Canadian Robert Allen Smith in the state of Montana, Stockwell Day Minister of Public Safety stated:
"We won't actively intervene to bring murderers who have received due process in democratic countries back to Canada."In August 2008 Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen, accused of killing an American soldier when he was 15 years old, is imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay. Omar Khadr is not receiving due process (A notable Conservative blogger even admits on July 18th 2008) and is not in a democratic country.
By Stockwell Day's own statement, one would conclude then that the Canadian government will actively intervene to bring Omar Khadr back to Canada. However this Conservative government together with the previous Liberal governments, have for seven years allowed and continue to allow a Canadian citizen to be deprived of due process, even when it means going back on an earlier statement.
The Liberal governments were wrong and this Conservative government is wrong. The problem, the injustice continues however, and this Conservative government allows it to happen, and in doing so, does away with our justice, and does away with their credibility and morals.
I will make no pretensions, my position is that Omar Khadr should be tried in Canada.
I do not understand why Omar Khadr should be tried in any American institution, tribunal OR a court of law. The crime was not committed in the United States, it was committed in Afghanistan. The nationality of the victim should not determine the court upon which the accused is tried. If anything such a sentiment alludes to seeking vengeance rather then justice.
The legal system in Afghanistan could be found to be biased or in disrepute, but besides that showing the institutional failures of that country and casting doubt on the seven years of progress we have so boldly claimed, such a problem would not imply justice should occur in the USA. Indeed as innocence is presumed, and Khadr is a Canadian citizen, any accusation should therefore necessarily be made in his country of citizenship.
Omar Khadr is innocent until proven guilty. He is a Canadian Citizen. He is being refused due process, which exactly by Stockwell Day's own word's should call our Conservative government to action, to intervene on his, and our behalf. Instead we have our government doing nothing, except going back on their word.