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Stephen Harper was upset at the who Omar Khadr deal, just recently an Ontario Superior judge turned down a request to freeze the $10.5-million payout given to Omar Khadr last week by the Trudeau government, saying the lawyers for his alleged American victims didn’t prove enough yet.
Harper sent a strong message to the Trudeau government last week on Facebook
(Toronto Sun) Upset about the Liberal government’s $10.5-million settlement with Khadr, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s predecessor picked up the phone Wednesday and called American soldier Layne Morris at his home in Utah.
“Layne spoke with Prime Minister Harper today,” his wife, Leisl, said on Wednesday night.
The call came just hours before lawyers for Morris and the widow of American special forces Sgt. Christopher Speer went into court to attempt to freeze Khadr’s assets with a view that the windfall could be applied to a $134-milllion American court judgment they won.
It is believed Harper made a similar call to Speer’s widow, Tabitha, but neither side has confirmed.
However, Leisl Morris said her husband had a good talk with Harper.
“Layne had a little trouble matching schedules with Prime Minister Harper but once they did connect, they spoke for a little over six minutes,” she said.
Her husband was thrilled by the gesture.
“He was very nice,” she said of Harper. “Prime Minister Harper apologized for the payout to Omar.”
And although he appreciated the former prime minister saying that, Morris said it was not necessary.
“Layne told him he did not need an apology because he knows the heart of the Canadian people and understands it’s the government and the current prime minister’s doing,” Leisl said.
She also said it “touched our hearts” that a “concerned” Canadian would spend their own money to take out a full-page ad in the Toronto Sun to let the families know not all Canadians agree with both the amount of the settlement to Khadr and the official apology.
The man who took out the ad told me Thursday: “I am staying anonymous for now because it was meant to come from the sentiment of regular Canadians who feel this way and not just from one. I did it because I felt I needed to put my money where my heart was.”
He said he also appreciated seeing similar commentary from Canadians from coast to coast, including from Harper himself.