No secret anymore, Michelle Rempel is a simple lackey for the Harper and Scheer political team. Fox News fact checked the Rempel interview letting the world know that she was less than genuine and missed stating key information to try to prove her point - which she did not prove. Khadr was 15 at the time, which she excluded, and there was a large history and many opportunities for Harper to come to his senses and resolve this human rights concern which she also missed by saying that the decision was made in a vacuum.
As for it being a government decision, yes it was. But it wasn't made in a court-less vacuum. The courts had made multiple rulings and the Liberals had lawyers giving them advice.
In 2008, The Toronto Star revealed that while the Harper government was maintaining he was being treated "humanely" Khadr was being mistreated by the United States government in Guantanamo. In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that Khadr's human rights were in fact being violated at Guantanamo. The decision wasn't made in a vacuum when it was acknowledged the Canadian Harper government was aware their citizen was abused by another government as a child and adult and did nothing to stop it.
In fact, UK and Australia also had had citizens held prisoner in Guantanamo. In 2010 Governments of both countries made settlement agreements with them. No move was made by the Harper Government to reach an agreement with Khadr or at any time in eleven years to resolve his civil suit through seeking a Judicial decision.
This statement by Trudeau is all you need to know:
"If we had continued to fight this, not only would we have inevitably lost, but estimates ranged from $30 to $40 million that it would have ended up costing the government," he said. "So this was the responsible path to take."
Backtracking to the fact that the courts did in fact unanimously agree that Khadr's human rights were being violated—Trudeau said this had everything to do with the rights of a Canadian being violated. Telling G20 participants in Hamburg:
"The Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects all Canadians, every one of us, even when it is uncomfortable. This is not about the details or merits of the Khadr case. When the government violates any Canadian's Charter rights we all end up paying for it."
Rempel totally excluded the horrible actions of Harper knowing full well the Supreme Court decisions and his responsibility to bring this boy born in Toronto home. Look at this decision made by Harper on her watch:
This decision is not the first of its kind. In 2007 Canadian citizen Maher Arar was awarded $11.5 million along with a formal apology by (Conservative PM) Stephen Harper's government after spending 10 months being tortured in a Syrian prison. Of course, because Rempel did not mention what Khadr endured at all, the point of why Khadr was awarded a $10 million never really came up.
The Americans know what they are doing and totally let the public know the truth about Rempel and how pathetic this story is and how pathetic the entire Harper party is.