John Norris represented Khadr from August 2011, to January 2013.
In a move that will add to the mountain questions over Justin Trudeau’s attitude towards terrorism, the government has appointed a former lawyer for Omar Khadr to the federal court:
The lawyer is John Norris, who represented Khadr from August 2011 to January 2013.
Here’s the announcement from the federal government:
“The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments under the new judicial application process announced on October 20, 2016. The new process emphasizes transparency, merit, and diversity, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.
Elizabeth Walker, Chairperson of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police External Review Committee, is appointed a judge of the Federal Court. She fills a new position created under An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Federal Courts Act (S.C. 2010, c. 8).
John Norris, a sole practitioner based in Toronto, is appointed a judge of the Federal Court. He fills a new position created under An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Federal Courts Act (S.C. 2010, c. 8).”
Norris’ website includes the following summary:
“John Norris represents clients charged with serious criminal offences including murder, terrorism, sexual assault and drug offences. He has developed a specific expertise in international aspects of criminal law including extradition, international prisoner transfers and mutual legal assistance. John has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada close to twenty times. He appears regularly in Federal Court on national security matters, and often argues appeals in criminal matters before the Court of Appeal for Ontario. He also appears regularly in criminal trial courts.”
The site also includes this, as one of the cases Norris was involved in:
“Omar Khadr v. Minister of Public Safety (Federal Court)
Counsel for Omar Khadr, a Canadian held on war crimes in the U.S. military detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on his transfer to Canada pursuant to the International Transfer of Offenders Act.”
Journalist Brian Lilley expressed the concerns of many Canadians:
The latest appointment to the federal court by @JustinTrudeau and @Puglaas seems to seek out terrorists to defend. Our system gives everyone the right to a defence but that doesn't mean I have to like this court appointment. Read it and RT here https://t.co/9QrxVJ4lAx #cdnpoli
— Brian Lilley (@brianlilley) February 26, 2018
In an article on his website, Lilley added,
“What I can tell you about John Norris is that he has defended a number of terrorists and accused terrorists. In fact he seems to seek that out. A look at his website shows he acted as Omar Khadr’s lawyer in one lawsuit against the Canadian government and acted as an intervener in two other cases effectively supporting Khadr’s position.”
Lilley also points out that Norris defended members of the Toronto 18 and other individuals accused of terrorism.
Trudeau’s disturbing weakness towards terrorism
In the wake of his disastrous trip to India, which included inviting a former convicted murderer who was a member of a Khalistani extremist group, Trudeau will now face even more questions about his disturbingly weak attitude towards terrorism.
Trudeau gave Omar Khadr $10.5 million in taxpayers money, tried to hide the payment, and then blamed the Harper government – even though the decision to make the payment was fully the responsibility of the Trudeau government.
His plan to “reintegrate” returning ISIS fighters was widely hated by Canadians – with even the public safety minister expressing doubts.
Now, Trudeau’s decision to appoint John Norris to the Federal Court will cause even more questions, as more and more Canadians lose any sense of the trust that once existed in our federal government.