HAMILTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has told a woman heckling him about Omar Khadr during a town hall in Hamilton that he, too, is angry about the multimillion-dollar settlement the former Guantanamo Bay inmate received from the government.
The Canadian government paid Khadr a reported $10.5 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged the government violated his Charter rights.
The payment last summer generated a political firestorm that continues today, as a young woman shouted about it when Trudeau attempted to take another person's question at an event at McMaster University.
Trudeau said the anger that a lot of people feel about the payment is real, and that it might surprise people to know he shares that anger and frustration.
The prime minister said that was money that could have been put toward programs to help people, but it is a "bit of a consolation" that if the government hadn't settled, the lawsuit could have cost between $30 and $40 million.
He told the crowd that he wants everyone to continue to be angry about the payment and to take it as a lesson that no Canadian government should ever think it's OK to allow its citizens to be tortured.