A Canadian Veteran Speaks Out Against Trudeau’s Khadr Payment


While many Veterans are homeless and taking their lives, Omar Khadr gets $10.5 million

In April, I interviewed Retired Corporal Michael McNeil. McNeil has been repeatedly denied treatment from Veterans Affairs Canada after suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury while serving our country in Afghanistan.

McNeil was injured when his Husky vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED) – the same kind of device Omar Khadr manufactured while fighting for Al Qaeda.

I recently asked McNeil for his thoughts on Justin Trudeau’s decision to pay Khadr $10.5 million of taxpayer dollars.

(Responses edited for length and clarity with approval of Retired Corporal McNeil)

Here is what McNeil said when I asked how he felt when he heard the news:

“Well I was immediately pissed off. I have seen the video of Omar making the kind of IED’s that have killed many Canadians. And knowing that family members of the dead veterans get the same amount as the disabled one’s made me more mad, because the Family Members of Deceased Veterans are getting shorted just like us. The Liberals promised to give Veterans $360,000 tax free if they were elected in 2015, and when it comes time to pony up the cash to the some 4000ish disabled Veterans from Afghanistan those pricks decide to short us by reverse indexing our Payments. For example, I received $331,700ish instead of the $360,000 promised at election time. They call it “reverse indexing.” Mind you, they have been caught in so many lies it’s not even funny. Like taking away tax free tours and then giving it back months later only to blame the Conservatives.”

I also asked McNeil what message he thought the payment to Khadr sends to soldiers who served Canada and now have to fight for the support and benefits they’ve earned:

Said McNeil, “Well we just got bent the fu*k over pardon my language, He’s (Khadr) a self-confessed terrorist, but because he was a terrorist and captured this makes his confessions forced? WTF? What about the video (of Khadr making IED’s) and the fact members of his family supported terrorism? Well let’s overlook that and pay him 10.5 Million dollars, while Veterans are going homeless, and committing suicide because of Sh*tty government healthcare, not getting proper med’s, getting purposely misdiagnosed and forced to fight for 8 years and have to prove a Traumatic Brain Injury.”

When I asked McNeil what he would say if Trudeau was standing in front of him, he said, “If Trudeau was standing in front of me I would toss him my Sacrifice Medal and tell him he knows nothing of sacrifice. He’s made it loud and clear he hates Veterans. He should be ashamed to support a terrorist like Omar. Why don’t you try supporting Veterans. Maybe give them the full pensions he promised instead of saying we can just divide the $360,000 I mean $331,000ish they shorted us on, into monthly payments. Meanwhile, even us God Damn Veterans are chipping in on this 10.5 million of taxpayers money. It’s not like we get 10.5 million dollars tax free. Hell, we shouldn’t even have to pay taxes.”

To close, I asked, “With many Veterans feeling disrespected by Trudeau and the federal government, what can the Canadian people do to show that we support and value our Veterans?” McNeil said the following:

“What can Canadians do? Well they could make sure he (Trudeau) doesn’t get re-elected in 2019. And maybe stand up for Veterans, this is a long road to fight with minimal support. They (the government) control us because we are sick. Remember, it has taken 8 years and over 20 appeals to get approved for everything, despite having proof that I did indeed suffer a TBI when I hit the 300lbs IED.

Finally, to me, this is a kick in the nuts straight up to the Veterans community. Assholes like Omar have inflicted so much pain on Veterans like myself. And Justin Trudeau is rewarding him and apologizing. Meanwhile he’s not keeping his promises to Veterans. The maximum amount anyone that Omar may have wounded or (the families) of those killed will receive is less then $360,000. Remember if you were injured in 2006, your max would only put you at $250,000ish now because of reverse indexing. Thanks Trudeau, it’s nice to know terrorists get better benefits than Veterans.”

A terrible injustice

Even without the Khadr payment, the treatment of our Canadian Veterans is appalling. When we consider that an admitted terrorist has been treated far better than any wounded Canadian Veteran, it is a national disgrace.

Spencer Fernando


14 comments Add yours
  1. and one does not have to be a war veteran ….( bless these men and women ) to be disgusted by this recent DONATION by our totally spineless prime minister ( the title is too honorable for him to bear ) !!!!! it is simply appalling how law does not equal justice and that the determinant lies with the judge issuing the decision who is only human, hence interprets at his leisure and that the basis for the decision appears to be seen in isolation of any other clause of the law that might more ” justly ” fit the case…..!!!!!

  2. I KNOW TBI VERY WELL! Traumatic Brain Injury is a damned affliction to have. With disabilities like short term memory, headaches, impatience with yourself, and more, life has changed altogether. Trudeau is as weak of a man as he is a Prime Minister of such a great country like Canada. I am not Canadian but my ancestry is from there (Montreal). Trudeau has shamed Canada and has shamed my very own ancestry. I am disgusted with him!

  3. Well he isn’t wromg. But how about the fact Trudeau settled because it was a losing court case no matter what, and us tax payers would be paying him upwards of 40 million instead of 10. Trudeau has said it was sickening to do this, but reality is, it would have cost us canadians more of it wasn’t settled. These are facts. Everything else in this article is spot on, but for some reason these facts are always left out.

    1. How can it be a losing case when it was the Canadian govt who brought him out of the Guantanamo and there are evidences, pictures, statements and his self confession that he killed cpl spears, he was with the terrorists and his family even holds allegiance to these criminals. It was his family that brought him to Afghanistan not Canada. Trudeau s statement is lame excuse.

      1. only ONE of trudeau’s lame and misguided statements….conveniently blind , a super performer, loving the stage

  4. Trudeau is just little boy not knowing about the veteran duty and he play the toys as he doesn’t understand himself what is like to be a victim in war as other have going thru TBI. It is ashamed he doesn’t care about anything He dream about being Prime Minister. After 2019 he will be gone. I am sure people were not happy about this cash to Omar. That is wrong, he didn’t have very good lawyer to begin with.
    Just yesterday an American fellow just informed me Trudeau did give $240 millions to Clinton Foundation. It was not $ 20 million dollars. what was that about I have no information. He well know on You Tube his name James Goodman. It doesn’t make sense why Justin gave away $ 240 millions to Clinton Foundation. I was shock he gave away without our knowledge. I can’t get thru James Goodman he hard to get hold of. I can’t do anything about.

  5. After reading this, it absolutely sickens me, that this is the treatment our vets that have fought, died or being wounded, in defence of our country and freedoms, are treated. It’s a slap in the face of Canadians, but that’s nothing compared to the kick in the teeth to our vets. Liberals have long hated the military, and no one more than his father Pierre, when he cut them to bare bones, and put them all in olive green uniforms, and also removed all references to royal.

    Then Libs saw no problem sending our boys and girls to Afghanistan without proper uniforms and under equipped. Harper at least stepped up with tanks, uniforms, and heavy lift choppers and planes. Pretty sad we had to bum rides from the Dutch who were flying our old heavy choppers the liberals said we’d never need again.

    This bunch love the military so much they announce big spending for the military, after cutting them $12 billion, and then slaps them in the face once more by deferring it years down the road. 2019 cannot come soon enough for this old Canadian, I’m sickend by Trudeau 2.0. His dosasterous leadership, wasteful spending, ridiculous immigration policies and kissing of elitists asses, will hopefully come to and end in 2019. Let us hope there is still a country worth saving by then.

    1. DEFINITELY well , fairly and justly said …try and put that through a liberal ‘s …..can we say ….”brain ” ?

  6. If 71% of Canadians disagree with this disision the supreme Court of Canada Must be very out of touch with most Canadians .

  7. Served 20 years. I am ashamed that people don’t understand what the Criminal Code says about Torture. EVERYTHING that is touched by it is tainted. Who drafted that? Was it Trudeau? Was it Harper? Was it Martin? Was it Chretien? Cambell? NO….Mulroney brought in the changes. So everything which in any way was touched by the torture of Omar is, as far as Canadian courts, tainted fruit- it can’t be used. We get back to the AAR’s written by “OC”, and that’s about it for what is not tainted by the slime which was applied by a supposedly progressive western government. If you want to spread some blame, look no further than US, Paul Martin & Stephen Harper as to who to start blaming for this situation. We are compensating because no matter HOW dislikeable Omar’s actions are, the actions of agents of the government in colluding with other governments to torture him are far worse from a rights prospect than the death of Sgt Speer is. The SCoC ruling was that it left the matter of how to compensate Khadr up to the government and or lessor courts- they have not ruled as to the appropriateness of the level of compensation. The government has settled, because the costs of fighting were going to be higher than the costs of settling. If you are concerned about your rights as a vet post 2005, then support the ongoing court cases about our rights- and one of those things that bolsters our case is the SCoC ruling about Khadr’s rights- ALL rights are important, and the government cannot choose which ones it will follow, and which it won’t.

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