The Politics Of Omar Khadr

Friday in Question Period, I asked the Justice Minister the following query:   Mr. Rathgeber (IND): Mr. Speaker, the Government has spent almost $5 Million fighting 15 losing court cases, including over $1 Million trying to defend Minimum Mandatory Sentences and abolishing early parole eligibility. Why does the Minister of Justice insist on wasting taxpayers’ dollars on expensive litigation, after routinely ignoring internal Department of Justice advice that his proposed legislation is almost certainly not compliant with the Charter?   I received some non-sequitur response about the Government’s commitment to defending the rights of Canadians. One Canadian the Government would rather use as a political football than defend the rights of is Omar Khadr. Earlier in Question Period, based on a planted question posed by Conservative Backbencher Ryan Leef, Parliamentary Secretary to the Public Safety Minister, Roxanne James announced that the Government was disappointed at Madam Justice Ross’s decision to…