Time to bring Khadr home: defence minister's wife

Jim Day
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Nazanin Afshin-Jam was in Charlottetown Wednesday to speak at a Progressive Conservative Association dinner

Nazanin Afshin-Jam was in P.E.I. Wednesday, July 25.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay's wife has added her voice to those calling for the immediate return to Canada of Omar Khadr.

Nazanin Afshin-Jam told The Guardian Wednesday that the 25-year-old Canadian citizen should be removed from Guantanamo Bay where he has been held for almost 10 years following a deadly firefight in Afghanistan.

Alex Neve, the secretary-general of Amnesty International Canada, has urged Ottawa to bring Khadr home without further delay noting that Khadr has been eligible for transfer back to the country for almost nine months.

Afshin-Jam, a dedicated human rights activist, agrees.

"Omar Khadr was a child when he was involved in combat under the UN (United Nations) definition and so we should abide by the international laws and rules that we expect of other countries as well,'' she said.

"So I'm not saying that he shouldn't be kept in prison but definitely I think it's time to bring him back to Canada. He was a Canadian citizen and he can be tried here or looked after here in terms of how long his sentence is going to be or what is going to be his fate.''

Khadr has been detained in Guantanamo Bay for nearly a decade.

In October 2010, he pleaded guilty to throwing a grenade when he was 15 that killed a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan.

He was sentenced to 40 years in jail but, under a plea deal, he only had to serve eight. After spending one additional year at Guantanamo, he became eligible to serve the remainder of his sentence in Canada last fall.

Canada played no role in the plea deal but indicated it would "favourably consider'' the transfer in a diplomatic note sent to U.S. authorities.

Organizations: Progressive Conservative Association, United Nations, Amnesty International Canada

Geographic location: Canada, Guantanamo Bay, Charlottetown Ottawa U.S.

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  • Ali
    July 31, 2012 - 08:48

    Why are so many Canadians trying so hard to be conned on this Khadr issue? The same group that wished the death of Gaddafi and Mubarak want to spare Khadr? A sad example of naive people distorting reality to serve personal ambitions behind a mask of false humanity. na·ive    [nah-eev] adjective 1. having or showing unaffected simplicity of nature or absence of artificiality; unsophisticated; ingenuous. 2. having or showing a lack of experience, judgment, or information; credulous: She's so naive she believes everything she reads. He has a very naive attitude toward politics.

  • Wonder Why
    July 31, 2012 - 08:35

    JAKE you sound like a diplomat/politician where Naive "is" their world . The Khadrs are Canadians of convenience and like anyone should forfeit citizenship if engaging in a life of crime. Khadr isn't singled out by us, or even why should he deserve special treatment, he is the one who decided to murder someone in another country, confessed , and was convicted. Anything else anyone speculates happened is deflection because you and I were not there through the whole process. Khadr is not about Canadian's and he never belonged here and needs to serve his sentence in Afghanistan. I know of several Canadians who bled and died in Afghanistan to keep people like Khadr away from Canadians and try to protect the human rights of innocent people "from" people like the Khadr's so save the diplospeak for the classroom. In the real world talk like that feeds the bullies big and small.

  • Ali
    July 27, 2012 - 17:53

    SIMPLE - Revoke Khadr's Canadian Citizenship for treason - THEN - send him back home to Afghanistan - Yes he will be worshiped by the Taliban and Islamofacists BUT he won't be here and someday, somewhere , this life of lies will meet its justice and hopefully from an accidental detonation of an IED as he buries it or a Mossad bullet - Islam is not Khadr and Khadr is not Islam he is an embrassment and a convicted murderer who will find no peace and deserves no seat at any table with decent, law abiding Canadians - If anything Khadr is an example of how twisted politicians, media, and naive people can fall in love with such an evil, deceptive person and put us all at risk for their vain political pandering to soul less left wing fanatics who wish use death and destruction on a good day. Shame on anyone who believes his lies.

    • Jake
      July 29, 2012 - 15:15

      Sorry, Ali. Naive is a term that should be applied to those who have done little research: legal, historical, human rights, international agreements ...... , our own human rights code that protect you and all of us from malicious prosecution. Why are you afraid of having him return to Canada to face Canadian justice? Torture, interrogation under threat, jihadist parents, are these the normal child (< 18 years of age - Canadian and U.N. definition) raising environments These same laws that you choose to selectively apply are the same that protect your rights. You could have been thrown in jail for theft of a loaf of bread (or worse). Why should Omar Khadr be singled out for persecution and unjust treatment? Irrational hatred of a person gains the human family nothing but a return to the Dark Ages before the Magna Carta.

  • lilley
    July 27, 2012 - 10:56

    To: Wargamer, you are correct, how could a "Child", no doubt in diapers, throw a Grenade that far?? Perpaps this "Child" thought it was a toy, a soother, or a rattle? For authoritive sourses, why don't you check with the U.S. Military Prosecutors, they may know more than you do?

  • Janice Williamson
    July 26, 2012 - 20:35

    Thank you Nazanin Afshin-Jam for speaking out for justice and human rights. Why shouldn't we all speak out on behalf of one of the most appalling human rights violations post 9/11. Please sign Romeo Dallaire's petition here: http://www.change.org/omarkhadr I am glad that you remain confident that Omar Khadr will be returned to Canada. Omar Khadr is the only Western citizen not repatriated from Guantanamo. A March 2012 polls show 52% of Canadians don't trust Muslims and 42% of Cdns believe their treatment is their "own fault." This is an era of Islamophobia and fear exploited by our government. Until 2006, the Liberals refused to repatriate Omar Khadr. That was a grievous injustice and wrong. Since 2008, Liberals have called for Omar Khadr's return. The NDP called for Omar Khadr's return after his capture in 2002. Over the past six years, many legal bodies, national and international - along with other organizations - condemned Omar Khadr’s treatment and argued for his return - most recently the UN Committee against Torture. The Guantanamo military commission system has been widely condemned around the world. The US off-shore prison sites are lawless zones that have tortured. Omar Khadr deserves to be treated as a human being and a Canadian citizen - not the "monster" that propagandists on the part of the government make him out to be exploiting popular ignorance and fear. Recently the views of the highly-paid GITMO prosecution psychiatrist Michael Welner have been conveniently championed in order to support the EZRA Toews/Vic LEVANT portrait of Omar Khadr. But other professionals see Welner's forensic psychiatry as the kind of work that would have been used to condemn witches – a "moral and theological" interpretation based on the philosophical category "evil" rather than a scientific approach. This is entirely consistent with the government’s general repudiation and dismissal of evidence-based science like “climate change.” Other psychiatric reports have contradicted Welner's construction of Omar Khadr. http://bit.ly/9y9s1S Many argue Omar Khadr was tortured in Bagram and Guantanamo like many of those detained in off-shore US military prisons. The CSIS interrogator sent to Guantanamo in 2003 was told that Omar Khadr had been kept awake through “frequent flyer” sleep deprivation and yet he went on to interrogate Omar Khadr. “Sleep deprivation” is considered a form of torture. http://bit.ly/OdT2n6 We are more than complicit. Omar Khadr told the interrogator he had been tortured and yet CSIS did nothing. Two months after Omar Khadr’s Guantanamo plea bargain, our government amended their our own procedures to allow evidence obtained through third-party ticking time bomb torture to be accepted (see notes signed by Vic Toews to CSIS head Dec 2010 and July 2011. http://bit.ly/P34dK7 ) We now facilitate torture regimes. Our Public Safety Minister Vic Toews can no longer pretend his interest is our own. Their law and order policy is cruel and unusual punishment – and torture. Transfer Omar Khadr immediately to Canada. Stephen Harper prorogued parliament rather than face the Afghan detainee scandal. What do they fear from Omar Khadr

  • Wonder Why
    July 26, 2012 - 17:31

    Wonder why the Obama government with held key evidence from Canadians in order to dump Khadr back on Canadian soil?__because he is a threat to them and if we knew the full story we'd never take him back. If he can successfully walk the mine field between Gitmo and the Cuban Army line then he should be set free___in the same s*#t hole village he murdered a medical specialist called Christopher Speer who entered the combat zone "after" the battle finished to assist Taliban injured for God's sake.

  • Sam
    July 26, 2012 - 17:23

    Omar Khadr was convicted of murdering an American citizen who happened to be a Combat Medic, who happened to be in Afghanistan, so Kahdr should serve a Gitmo sentence and never see Canada again or the Nuts of the world win. In his own words and actions he is an unrepentant killer and advocate for terrorism to the day and his presence is a threat to the safety of Canadians if returned......Who would have thought Mrs.MacKay would be a loose cannon on deck? No one in public life can be that naive to think anything is "private" to the media....only recently Mrs.MacKay's family had accounts closed by the TD bank for sending too much money to Iran under current laws so she is getting all the wrong publicity. I've been a supporter of the Defence Minister but having a spouse undermine Canadian policy intentionally or not is grave cause for concern....On the Human Rights side its Khadr's kind executing innocent women under Sharia Law and given Khadr is a public threat then the public should have input and leaving it to the Canadian and US governments alone is dangerous. What about the human rights for Taliban/Sharia Law victims.....try complaining to the Taliban in person in any Afghan village and then lecture Canadian's about how cruel we are

  • Ellen M
    July 26, 2012 - 16:42

    There is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY that Omar Kahdr should ever be allowed to put foot on Canadian soil. Let United States take him, we don.t want him here. Peter MacKay and his wife should go with him. We don't need them here either.

  • Sojourner Soo
    July 26, 2012 - 16:09

    To ImaVeteran: I can promise you buddy, I've read and forgotten more than you will ever learn. What disgusts me is how people like you are so blind. You believe your own lies and propaganda. You also belong behind bars for murder if you've killed somebody in Afghanistan.

  • voter
    July 26, 2012 - 11:57

    after he shafted a lot of people ,mackay got shafted by harper and hung around anyway then spacey things like helicopters and strong (as in stronach)etc people and now what is he going to get ????? serves him right !! Mr Shaft is a good nickname

  • lilley
    July 26, 2012 - 11:56

    "Omar Khadr was a child when he was involved in combat under the UN (United Nations) definition and so we should abide by the international laws and rules that we expect of other countries as well,'' she said. Did someone at the UN change his diapers before or after he threw the Gernade in a child-like tantrum?

    • Wargamer
      July 26, 2012 - 13:20

      Lilley, there is serious doubt that a wounded boy could throw a grenade that far. But perhaps you posess information that the rest of us have not been able to elucidate. So please share your authoritative sources with the rest of us.

  • Belong to no party
    July 26, 2012 - 11:48

    I think that perhaps her view and book would not be as prominently displayed if she was not Mac Kays wife.However she should be referred to as her own name. My partner and I do not agree on everything, we may not even vote the same, as we are individuals not conjoined twins. Separate people, separate minds. On the other hand sometimes it has appeared, in the recent past, the paper is a pro Liberal paper.All those feel good stories etc....I belong to no party but would hope media would have a balance. IMO Maybe the times have changed and the idea of investigative reporting have gone the way of the dinosaur . We see a good deal of generic reporting throughout our beautiful country. Thats sad and a loss. I guess this is her cause. Personally I wish the govt would address other cases of detained and tortured or those in peril in other countries. instead of turning their back.

  • Jack On The Rocks
    July 26, 2012 - 11:10

    Mr.Khadr,and I use that term loosely....He gave up his rights when he decided to throw a grenade...15yrs old or not!!!!If my son had of been killed by him,which luckily mine made it home...I would want him in Gitmo as well...LEAVE HIM THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Truthplease
      July 26, 2012 - 17:07

      @jack on the rocks...and if it was your 15 year old son who threw the grenade after being brainwashed would yo still be saying you would want him in gitmo.

  • recumbentguy
    July 26, 2012 - 09:35

    "Afshin-Jam, a dedicated human rights activist, agrees." Peter MacKay, a dedicated Defence Minister for Canada and hawk for resource wars in North Africa and Afghanistan, disagrees? I'm confused.

  • Marie
    July 26, 2012 - 09:33

    Yes, he was born in Canada, but if anyone is stupid enough to think that statement takes the terrorist out of terrorism...hope she doesn't get to whisper defense ideas into Peter's ear at night. She may spout the wish that children aren't trained for war; reality is a whole different thing which she knows as well as Mr. MacKay. Like any other criminal, I don't want to pay for his food, education, staff or housing. I COMMITTED NO OFFENSE. Give this childman to the American government and lets see how they treat a murderer who killed a soldier on active duty. Should be with death, so I have absolutely zero wish to house him in our holiday resorts.Not a wonder the world wants to do Canadian time!!!

    • Martin
      July 26, 2012 - 12:09

      Omar Khadr was not and is not a terrorist. He was taken from his home in Canada by his father (who was a terrorist). He was brain-washed and denied an education. He was denied the ability to learn on his own and from teachers that were not intent on indoctrinating him into their radical, fundamentalist beliefs. When American soldiers attacked the only home he had, he did what any of us would do and tried to defend himself. He was a child! Show some compassion, please. This is why the UN and all civilized countries have adopted the classification of "child-soldier" as a special category of combatant. He is not a murderer, he killed soldiers in a war. He is not a terrorist he was brainwashed. He is a victim. P.S. The American government wants him to be repatriated to Canada. At least make an effort to understand what you write about.

    • Hey Martin
      July 26, 2012 - 12:34

      How about we put him up at your place and you pay for him!

    • Serving Member
      July 26, 2012 - 18:23

      Why was his "home" attacked Martin? Because it was a compound where they were making bombs to kill Allied soldiers. Ok. You say they attacked his home? then lets send him back to his home there and not here to Canada.

  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay
    July 26, 2012 - 09:31

    This afternoon while here in PEI I was asked to come to the Guardian offices to sit down and do an interview about my new book The Tale of Two Nazanins; but instead the journalist Jim Day did not ask me a single question about the book and made an obvious effort to draw me into a discussion criticizing the government. When responding I specifically qualified that what I said was my personal view. I am very disappointed that once again my personal view has been distorted. After I expressly and emphatically told him numerous times that I was tired seeing my name continually left out of interviews and referred to as "The Defence Minister's wife"...this is exactly what he chose to do. As a result of today's experience I am extremely disappointed with the Guardian and I will think twice before speaking to them again. I am confident that Mr. Khadr will be transferred back to Canada. Let's leave it to the Canadian and US governments who have all the facts and details about the case to take the proper actions in due course. Signed, Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay International Human Rights Activist President and Co-Founder of Stop Child Executions

    • crljones
      July 26, 2012 - 12:39

      Dear Mrs AFSIN-JAM MACKAY, I can see that you would find it annoying to be "exploited" because of your new relationship - but there is only one solution for that - and it is to stay away from feeding such conflict in the press. (You would not be the first, just ask Helena Guergis and Margaret Trudeau!) The press is not your "friend" any longer and you are nothing more that a way to embarrass the Harper government. I think your reply above shows that you now understand this better than before the book launch and interview. Good luck in your endevours. p.s I must take issue with comment about Khadr being a "Child Soldier" - under the UN CRC Art 38 it states that "Children under the age of 15 should not be forced or recruited to take part in a war" - so I think Omar Khadr's parents are guilty of breaking this treaty - not the U.S Military for charging him with crimes he engadged in while fighting against them as a member of a terrorist organization.

    • Norm Platt
      July 26, 2012 - 13:51

      But Madame your comments would carry little if any weight if you were not married to Peter MacKay. I am a little confused by your response which if you did not realize has gone national and it appears to the embarrassment of your husband's boss. You entered a Miss World contest to become famous and now that your famous a reporter asks you an unrelated question to your book , you backtrack? It sure looks like the PMO has taken charge of your comments as they contradict what the government is attempting to accomplish. You married not only a man but a man who represents his government at a high level. It goes with the territory that you have to be careful what you say at the federal level. You must have had an idea when you married Mr. MacKay . If not I wouldn't blame Mr. Day but yourself.

  • AMAZED
    July 26, 2012 - 09:17

    Khadr is a terrorist ,they even have video footage of him being trained to make the same type bombs that killed so many of our soldiers. If he comes back here try him for treason against our allies and jail him forever. He is too dangerous to be roaming around our country.Better yet either keep him in Gitmo or strip him of his passport and return him to where he was captured... after he serves his sentence.The police have enough persons of interest to keep them busy now why bring in more?

    • Martin
      July 26, 2012 - 12:13

      Why bring him home? Because he is a Canadian citizen! Always will be no matter where you send him.

    • amazed
      July 26, 2012 - 20:43

      I did not ask... why bring him home. This is not his home.Don't try to hide behind a Canadian passport after you made roadside bombs that may have killed Canadian soldiers or our allies.What I said was police have enough persons of interest to deal with now why bring in more.He was living in Afghanistan when he was captured ,return him to his family there,or friends or whatever minus a Canadian passport.

  • Bubbles
    July 26, 2012 - 08:57

    This is Nazanin's response to this, I urge everyone to read it: http://www.facebook.com/notes/nazanin-afshin-jam/i-have-a-name-you-know/10150968539888253

  • lilley
    July 26, 2012 - 08:46

    Possibly Defence Minister McKay and his wife Nanazin could pick up Mr. Kadar at Guantamamo Bay in a Search and Rescue Helecopter. Mr. McKay and wife could plan a fishing trip in Cuba, and rescue Mr. Kadar with them as a "Training Exercise" for the Search and Rescue team.

    • Rescue Remedy
      July 26, 2012 - 22:03

      Well-played!

  • Why
    July 26, 2012 - 08:38

    Why would we do anything to get this (XXXXXXXXX) back . Spend my money on him , no way , he went to war against us & killed a soldier that was fighting so we as Canadians can live free without fear . Let him rot or put a bullet through his head . All these so called Canidans with duel citizenship should have them removed as they don't deserve to have Canadian taxpayers pay there way when they choose another country as the one they fight for . Peter McKay has already shown he is weak when it comes to women , didn't his last one cross the floor ?? If he is going to do a very large job for us Canadians , he need's to rein in his present one or resign . My opion for what it's worth .

  • human wrter
    July 26, 2012 - 08:33

    Nazanin Afshin-Jam is correct. If Khadr is guilty he is guilty the same way Russell Williams is guilty of murder and we must learn to deal with the dark side of ourselves in a humane way.

  • isargent
    July 26, 2012 - 08:25

    You don't have to like this kid or his politics, but he is a natural-born Canadian citizen with the same rights as you. Those rights include being allowed to serve his sentence in Canada. "First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me."-Martin Niemöller

    • amazed
      July 26, 2012 - 09:27

      I so cannot believe you used this quote to speak up for a terrorist.

  • karma
    July 26, 2012 - 08:15

    I'd love to see some of the big mouths on here try and tell my wife what she can say and do, or their own for that matter. I say let him rot, but I also say that thankfully everyone in this country is entitiled to an opinion and allowed to express it. I thought that's what our armed forces were defending? Freedom. But maybe not, according to some.

  • Shocked
    July 26, 2012 - 07:40

    WOw! This is a very big NO NO as far as a spouse of the Defense Minister.

  • Serving Member
    July 26, 2012 - 07:28

    Maybe the defence ministers bride should contact all the families of our fallen servicemen that lost their lives at the hands of Khadr's fellow terrorist brood and ask them what they think. Yeah, lets bring this murderer back to Canada. Give him a heroes welcome. Pay him millions for his pain and suffering. Don't make him suffer like the families of the fallen soldiers to get compensation for their losses. Have a big parade down the highway of heroes. (I hope my sarcasm shows here). We need to let this maggot rot where he is. Peter MacKay needs to put a muzzle on his woman for supporting the terrorist who wanted nothing more than to kill as many of the "infadel" soldiers possible. Including the soldiers under the command of the Defence Minister that lost their lives fighting this war on terrorism. If Peter MacKay supports his wife then he has to go now.

    • Confused
      July 26, 2012 - 10:02

      Hmm...so if US/Canadian soldiers kill people in combat that's called "fighting for freedom", but when "the other guys" kill people they go to jail. I don't get it. Isn't the point of war to kill, kill, kill? Oh, by the way, bombing Afghanistan does nothing for the freedom I enjoy in Canada. Destroying countries does not make me proud to be Canadian. I say bring our troops home and when someone attacks our sovereign nation I will stand with them DEFENDING this nation. I want no part of wars of aggression. It is, after all, the supreme crime under international law.

  • Ilokid
    July 26, 2012 - 07:25

    I would expect that my opinion, which is to let him rot at Guantanamo Bay or put a bullet through his terrorist heart, is as relevant as MacKay's wife. Given that this is at least the second time that his wife has chosen to place herself before MacKay's party, then he clearly needs to discuss things with her. There is no doubt that she is entitled to her own views, albeit misconstrued and./or altruistic given her background, but she is embarrassing her husband by publicly stating them. There is clearly no doubt that the left-wing media, represented in this case by 'The Guardian' is having a field day.

    • Frank
      July 26, 2012 - 11:09

      Sorry to burst your bubble, but no, your anonymous views aren't relevant at all, let alone on the same level as Afshin-Jam. She is not putting herself before her husband's party, she is expressing her opinion. What would be an embarassment is if she felt she couldn't speak out for fear of damaging her husband's political party. And what exactly is so left wing about her comments? She said to bring him back to Canada and let the Canadian prison system deal with him. That's hardly left wing.

  • Marcel
    July 26, 2012 - 07:02

    finally i get to stand up and applaud. not only should he be let back in the country, he should be released upon finishing his 8 years. do the right thing Canada, not the right-wing thing.

    • Great Marcel
      July 26, 2012 - 12:39

      Open your spare room up, you can pay for his sorry butt landing in our country. See how much you like that idea. Easy to say you would, knowing you wont be asked to. Why don't you let someone like Homoka live with you too.

  • Karen
    July 26, 2012 - 06:58

    Of course she would say that; she is a human rights activist and thats what they are about. She also said to leave it up to the US and Canadian governmentsto work it out. So where is the news item here?

  • race is the issue
    July 26, 2012 - 06:32

    It's complicated but Khadr is a Canadian citizen, whether we like it or not. Other western nations have repatriated their citizens from Guantanamo - Australia, UK, etc. I admit, I don't like the thought of taking a guy who killed a U.S. soldier back here but he is a Canadian, whether we like it or not. And I would say that if the guy's last name was MacDonald or Smith too. Part of the problem a lot of Canadians have with this guy is that A) he is Muslim and not a nice white kid who went astray, and B) the guy's father and family were radical Islamists and Al Quaida terrorists in Afghanistan back in the 1990s. The father brainwashed the son at a young age to think that his way was righteous. Then 9/11 happened and the kid ended up at Guantanamo after being captured. It would have been much simpler had he just died in combat but now we in Canada must deal with him and the right thing is to bring him back here.

  • Joe Byrne
    July 26, 2012 - 06:31

    Thank-you Nazanin. It is time to bring this man home. If Canada is going to abide by international standards on child soldiers then we have to follow them regardless of the war zone in which the child was involved. It is unconscionable that the federal government over the last 10 years has allowed Omar Khadr to remain in Guantanamo - a place specifically used to enable the US military to avoid the same oversight given to prisoners in the US.

  • Rodnick
    July 26, 2012 - 05:30

    I could care less what the Iranian woman trying to create a name for herself thinks. Hopefully, Khadr will never reurn to Canada. He should live in one of the countries that his cronies are based in, and his useless family should join him there

  • Willow
    July 26, 2012 - 01:59

    Since when does a minister's wife get quote in national news. Why not interview teh kids of other ministers? Or their postman, hairdresser...

  • GeorgesK
    July 26, 2012 - 01:45

    To the four who left comments before me: First, you do realise he was a child involved in a war? Child soldiers are specific category in international law and they are considered victims. But international law is not the issue here, plain old common sense says he was just a kid at the time, thrust into a difficult situation that was definitely not of his making. Second, you do realise that not only was this a firefight on a battlefield, but he was the one under under attack? If you think killing someone in a firefight makes you a murderer and terrorist, then you should also, logically, be clamouring for every Canadian soldier who shot and killed someone in battle to be thrown in jail. And finally, we don't even know if he did throw that grenade. The US army report was tampered with, the soldier who did the tampering admitted to it in 2010, while Khadr's "admission" is nothing but a plea bargain made to reduce his sentence, made after who knows how much torture. But for some reason, defying all logic, you would prefer to lock him up and throw away the key.

  • Urbanski
    July 26, 2012 - 01:37

    Sooo are wives of MPs now going to make public statements? Or is this an isolated incident? I do not approve of him returning to Canada. The Americans should deal with him because he killed an American. The history of the Khatr family is a prime example of what was wrong with our Immigration system in the past. So now the family is dependent upon our welfare system. Hopefully Jason Kenney will make changes.

  • Norman Ouston in Armstrong BC
    July 26, 2012 - 01:22

    Time? Time she states, to bring that terrorist to Canada. The truth is it's TIME she minded her own affairs and not her husbands. Let her go blabbing about her activism on matters that count. 90 percent of Canadians do not want Kdahr anywhere near Canada.

  • frib
    July 26, 2012 - 00:32

    Ms. Ashfin-Jam seems to think that she is the Minister of Defense. She is not. But of course, the media will keep on hanging on to her every word and, of course, distort everything she says. That's life in the media, let's make news where there are none.

  • Eye Lander
    July 25, 2012 - 23:58

    Amazing how he leaves the country, commits and admits to an illegal act in another country, commits an act of terrorism, murders someone and then suddenly is a Canadian. If you want to go to another country and knowingly breaks the law, then you get what you deserve. Hold his family responsible, if you want to pled he was only a child at the time .... wait, you can't, because his father was a terrorist also. Key wording in the article ... he WAS a Canadian. As a paying tax payer, as a Canadian ... we dont want him anymore.

  • Glen from North York
    July 25, 2012 - 22:58

    Re... Wearesospineless; Youaresodumb!!! Learn to read. Liberal Ideals??? Peter MacKays wife is not Liberal. Did you Wearesospineless not read the headline???

  • Mgironworker
    July 25, 2012 - 22:55

    As war as I'm concerned,if we take this guy back to Canada, we may as well start offering asylum to any remaining nazi war criminals.really that's what the nazis were is terrorists so we may as well paint them all with the same brush. Canada is ruined as war as I'm concerned we are too worried about lookin like the peacekeepers of the world. All I can think of is the days the towers fell, f$&k him and his buddies in gitmo bay let em rot there

  • Mell
    July 25, 2012 - 22:49

    She has no right to interfere with her husband's responsibility or government position in Canada. Khadr has no right and should be in prison and when his time is served-go to where?? His actions gave up his right to be a Canadian citizen. No favouritsm here. She is speaking out of turn, and as the wife of Canada's Defense Minister, she should have more sense and respect for his position, and the Defense Minister should clear this matter.

    • albert
      July 25, 2012 - 23:42

      Good for her. A true Canadian. A Canadian woman who supports the supremacy of law over populist ignorance and abuse of power.

    • jrmunro
      July 26, 2012 - 01:25

      Since he was born in Canada his citizenship can`t be taken away no matter what you think MELL. He committed no crime against Canada or any Canadians.

    • Marg
      July 26, 2012 - 01:48

      She has every right to express her opinion! We have freedom of expression and she is not eneyones posession!

    • Mark
      July 26, 2012 - 03:54

      Every woman, has every right to speak her mind, independent of her spouses position or authority, in this country.

    • Biggar
      July 26, 2012 - 04:52

      I hold no torch for this young man but your attitude is uncivilized. He is a Canadian citizen and he's done nothing, in law, that would change that status. He was born in Toronto and that's the end of it. He has an untrammeled right to be in an live anywhere in this country.

    • Shellie Brown-e
      July 26, 2012 - 05:33

      Afshin-Jam wants to keep her mouth Shut. Peter MacKay needs to be REMOVED as CANADA'S Defence Minister. CSIS and USA Homeland Defence & the CIA want to be keeping close watch on her & him. -_- We do not need KHDAR or the rest of his 'relatives' in Canada. -_- Afshin-Jam's gaul, her mouth IS losing the CONservatives votes. MacKay needs to be removed as OUR Country's Minister of Defence A S A P.

    • Frank
      July 26, 2012 - 06:16

      She has every right to speak about this. She's not saying he should be walking the streets but he is a Canadian citizen and should be in the Canadian justice system. He is the last Westerner in Guantanomo Bay. Every other Western nation has long since taken back their citizens and dealth with them. I find it appalling that we have not taken him home. People seem to forget, or just don't care, that he was a child soldier when this occurred. There is a reason we have a youth justice act in canada. We realize that children don't make decisions like adults do so we don't punish them like an adult. It should be no different here.

  • LEAVE HIM THERE
    July 25, 2012 - 21:20

    Leave him there. We have enough terrorists here now we do not have to import them because some misguided people feel sorry for him. Did he feel sorry for the soldier he killed while the soldier was trying to help his wounded buddies.NO. Leave him ther to rot. We do not need him in Canada where he would be released and back trying to kill us infidels again.

    • Sojourner Soo
      July 25, 2012 - 23:57

      Geez! WE are the ones who went halfway around the world to murder people in Afghanistan. And why? Because our soldiers were bored and wanted a little live war action. In other words, it was an adventure to improve CAF morale. And yet we call this former child soldier defending his home against us a terrorist? WE are the terrorists. We are the ones who belong behind bars. WE are the monsters. Not this kid. For the love of Christ!

    • ImaVeteran
      July 26, 2012 - 09:22

      Wow, SOJOURNER SOO, you have a really misguided opinion of our involvement in Afghanistan. Do you really think the decision to go over there rested with a bunch of restless soldiers, and not the government? Do you really think the soldiers we sent over there were terrorists, the same soldiers that helped rebuild the country and remove the Taliban? It makes me sad to see this kind of ignorance considering we were representing citizens like you. It's a huge insult to see someone like you call my fallen comrades such trashy names. Read a book or maybe even a magazine article before you open your big mouth.

  • Garth Staples
    July 25, 2012 - 20:54

    Quote from above article: In October 2010, he pleaded guilty to throwing a grenade when he was 15 that killed a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan. A child in wolf's clothing??? A grenade is a grenade.

    • Celine
      July 26, 2012 - 16:59

      WELL SAID, Garth & Shellie. Had the FED. Lieberals lowered "The Age of Consent to 14 years" when Khdar murdered OUR-CANADA'S ALIE? Canada and the United States of America's Homeland Security work hand in hand to keep Our Countries and their Peoples Safe. IF as FRANK commented, Khdar is the last Westerner in Guantanomo Bay I trust Canada and our closer than close neighbors of the United States of America have very good reason for it. - There are plenty of Human Rights interests for Afshin-Jam MacKAY right here in Canada for her to advocate for. - October 26, 2010, Khadr ageeded he had "extensive firsthand knowledge" of his father's supportive role in Al Qaeda operations. - Internet Search the KHDAR Family, his father, his brothers and him Omar. There's good reason Canada & USA ARE Keeping him in Guantanomo Bay and it's none of MacKay's Iranian nationals wife as to Why. Time WILL Tell the Reasons Why.

  • WeAreSoSpineless
    July 25, 2012 - 20:24

    Has our nation become self-righteous and naive to think we're trying to free some innocent teenager caught up in a temporary fury? It appears it has. Why does the collective Canadian behave like some gullible granny in such matters? How soon we forget the life of Christopher Speer, whose life Khadr took. It's so trendy for Canadians to obnoxiously reject all things American, especially American military. That same, sanctimonious, condescending tone is used in so much of the Canadian self-righteousness that pretty well defines being Canadian as simply not being American. It's this Canadian's opinion that this enemy combatant remain in prison for as long as the US military sees fit. It wasn't a Canadian he killed. In all our patriotic efforts, let's remember this point: This guy had direct ties to Al Qaeda, and traveled half the world away to throw grenades at US soldiers during wartime. When someone that fanatically loyal to Al Qaeda goes that far, how much do you really think he cares about being Canadian? His beliefs stand in direct confrontation to pretty well everything we hold dear here - ESPECIALLY the liberal ideals and permissiveness we've been adapting to. Think about all this the next time you think you're supporting the repatration of some teenager caught in the crossfire.