Nov 2, 2010
earlier? Why did they hold off? Because he killed someone in another country. The
Conservatives wanted to appear as not to be supporting terrorists: They wanted the US to send
him back rather than ask for his return. There was an agreement between the US and Khader
that reduced his sentence of 40 years owing to a deal between the US and Canadian
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Another argument is that this is a US-Canadian relations issue, and Canada did not want to
create a fuss about bringing back a controversial prisoner.
What about the age issue?
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of Canadians who have been convicted of murder abroad and are serving sentences abroad.
Prof talks about the politics regarding this matter: The people of Canada do not have sympathy
for the Khader family. The father was arrested in Pakistan but Pakistan allowed his release
because he was Canadian. The father than joined the Taliban. This, and the fact that the mother
and daughter denounce the Canadian way of life has resulted in a lack of support for the family.
There is a large conservative base in Canada and the present government did not want to
alienate that population.
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talks about bias on the US and Canadian side regarding this matter.
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Western citizen in GITMO, a prison that was supposed to have closed years ago.
Another issue: The Potash corp sale to foreigners.