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Readers blast Ottawa over delay in Khadr case

The Harper government has promised the Obama administration that it is “inclined to favourably consider” Omar Khadr’s desire to serve his remaining prison time in Canada.

Janet Hamlin

The community team rounds up the most-commented articles from the Globe and Mail's website and features the most popular postings. (Note: Some comments have been condensed and edited. Scores are accurate at the time of publishing.)

A report about a delay in the decision on returning convicted al-Qaeda terrorist and murderer Omar Khadr to Canada was our most-commented story of the week, with 3,401 reactions from readers, many of whom were angered by Ottawa's actions.

Of those comments, the highest rated, with a score of 132 (233 thumbs up, 101 thumbs down) was by Compos Mentis, who wrote:

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Rather than facing indefinite incarceration in Gitmo, Khadr agreed to plea deal where he would serve one more year at Gitmo, and the Conservatives would allow him to serve out the remainder of his sentence in Canada.

While I am not a fan of Khadr, I will defend the Constitutional Rights of *any* Canadian.

You cannot pick and choose who gets those rights.

Here are the most-commented articles for the week of July 15, 2012:

1. Ottawa stalls Khadr repatriation with new roadblock Comments: 3,401

2. Toronto Mayor Ford tries to clarify his comments on gun criminals and immigration Comments: 1,810T

3. The shrinking allure of being a Canadian abroad Comments: 884

4. McGuinty calls for both cops and social programs in wake of Toronto shootings Comments: 880

5. Enbridge to address Northern Gateway safety concerns Comments: 582

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6. Police prepare to enter home of Colorado theatre shooting suspect Comments: 525

7. The Tories are doing Mulcair's work for him Comments: 522

8. Suicide bomber confirmed to be Hezbollah member Comments: 474

9. Banking suffers another blow as scandals pile up Comments: 436

10. Canada's geographic quirks pose challenges for fasting Muslims Comments: 413

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Dianne Nice is community editor for Report on Business and writes about social media. Previously, she was The Globe's online editor for Careers and Personal Finance and has written about these topics for Report on Business and Globe Investor. More


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