Public Safety Minister Vic Toews
Credits: CHRIS ROUSSAKIS/QMI AGENCY
OTTAWA - Canadian officials deny they were duped into signing onto the diplomatic agreement that will bring convicted terrorist Omar Khadr back to Canada.
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews last week requested the full transcripts and video of hours of psychological evaluation of Khadr conducted prior to his trial. Toews currently has a redacted version of those documents.
"These items are necessary in order for the (Toews) to ensure that Canada would be able to effectively secure Mr. Khadr and appropriately administer his sentence,' Julie Carmichael, spokewoman for Toews, said.
Psychiatrist Dr. Michael Welner, one of the doctors who performed the psychological evaluation, said Khadr is unrepentant.
"The Canadian people have been systematically fooled about Mr. Khadr by his attorneys and complicit members of the establishment press and those who are politically invested in opposing the (Stephen) Harper government," Welner told QMI Agency.
A diplomatic agreement was signed by lawyers in 2010 under which Canada agreed to take Khadr back to serve the rest of his sentence here. U.S. officials filed an application to have Khadr transferred in April.
Toews still has the authority to deny the application on both national security or terrorism grounds.
While refusing to take Khadr back could raise questions about the US-Canada relationship, the fact that Canadian officials may not have had access to the full records of his psychological evaluations begs another question of whether Canada would have agreed to the plea bargain if it had this information at the time.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said he is "confident that Vic Toews and the government will take a decision that's in the best interest of Canadians."