While Canadians have been venting their frustrations about the Omar Khadr pay-out on social media and over the airwaves, they’ll now have a chance to take it right to Parliament Hill.
A group of activists have secured a permit for Sunday July 30th to voice their displeasure right on the east lawn of the parliament buildings. It will commence at 11 a.m.
“The purpose is to show support for the two victim families – the Speers and Layne Morris,” says lead organizer Georgeanne Burke, a long-time Conservative strategist and consultant.
“It’s going to be a cross-party event – people from across the spectrum are upset,” says the well-connected Burke. She’s heard from people all across the political landscape who are unhappy. “They feel it was done in a very underhanded way to avoid letting the people know.”
While nothing can reverse the hurried cash transfer that was made after news of the pay-out leaked to the press, the protest will advocate for Khadr’s settlement to be given to the Speer and Morris families.
“What we actually hope for is people not necessarily involved in politics at all, people who are feeling this payment was wrong and doesn’t uphold Canadian values, if they want to come and join us, we would love to have them,” Burke says.