Canadian Taxpayers Federation delivers petition opposing $10.5 million payout to Omar Khadr
OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s (CTF) Federal Director Aaron Wudrick today delivered a petition to the Prime Minister’s Office, signed by more than 133,000 Canadians opposing the government’s decision to pay $10.5 million to Omar Khadr.
“When we launched this petition just nine days ago, our hope was to convince the government to change course,” said CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick. “It was very disappointing to learn that the government quietly rushed through the payment. Regardless, it’s still vitally important that we deliver this petition, to ensure Canadians opposed this secret payment have their voice heard.”
Wudrick noted that an Angus Reid survey this week showed that 71% of Canadians believe the government made the wrong decision in giving Khadr $10.5 million.
“Let there be no illusion: a large majority of Canadians don’t buy the government’s line that they had ‘no choice’ but to hand Khadr $10.5 million,” said Wudrick. “At the very least, this should serve as a cautionary tale for this and future governments about Canadians’ tolerance for dubious litigation settlements.”