Omar Khadr released on bail

Steven Blaney says he regrets ‘that a convicted terrorist has been allowed back into society’

CBC News | May 07, 2015

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney says his Conservative government is not happy that Omar Khadr was freed on bail by an Edmonton judge.

“We are disappointed by the decisions of the court, because we feel that victims should be considered in those decisions,” he said from the Dorval airport in Quebec.

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National Muslim council reacts

The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) was quick to react to the news that Khadr had been released on bail saying his release was “long overdue.”

“Today’s decision is consistent with the rule of law,” said NCCM executive director Ihsaan Gardee.

“We hope that with his release Khadr can begin a new chapter in his life and reintegrate as a positive and contributing member of our society.

“Canadians should be deeply disturbed that the rights of a fellow citizen — even one whose family and name are unpopular — were so callously abused and ignored….”