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

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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… Read more »

Gerard Thacher

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!

David White

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.


No, this is incorrect. The courts did not mention a money amount. Trudeau came up with the figure, not the court. No money could have been given.


Exactly ….courts should follow the law …they do not have to prescribe the ransom ….

Ryan mcneil

Omar and his lawyer were seeking $20 million in damages. This doesn’t include a single legal fee, and we’re talking teams of lawyers, and potentially years of work.

Taxpayers got off cheap on this one. It would of cost us 4 or 5 times the amount we paid out, because the supreme court would of ruled in favor of Omar.

Check your facts.


Yes, the lawyer of Omar was requesting $20 million in damages, and this doesn’t include the cost to tax payers to fight the case in court. By paying the settlement, tax payers were saved MILLIONS.


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.


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

Patricia Faulkner

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 $… Read more »


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… Read more »


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

Dave Fuhrmann

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

Ryan mcneil

Nope that’s just called the Law. x% of people think the world is flat… doesn’t even matter what the hell they think because facts are facts.


Served 20 years in uniform. Disgusted with our PM. YOU ARE A DISGRACE SIR!

PO2 James Powell (retired)

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… Read more »

John Goodwin

Many people still get something wrong, Omar was never tortured. His rights were apparently violated, but not by Canadians, but by Americans. The violation??? He was denied sleep for a few nights. How in God’s name is that worth anywhere near 10 plus million dollars? I too am a veteran but only in peace time. I have 6 different injuries and even though they were incurred during peace they have every bit the same effect as if they were incurred in war. Trudeau needs to be gone. He is a complete disgrace.


SIMPLY the result of having a so called ‘leader” ( does not apply to him as does not the title of RIGHT HONORABLE ) with no sense of analysis, no recognition of facts, still under the impression that loving regardless of who will keep him up there ..A COMPLETE DISGRACE is an understatement !!

Ryan mcneil

Wish more military personnel would spend the time to get educated on the matter, like you are. Excellent post.


What’s not mentioned here is the three other clowns that received 10 million apiece . He says it was all due to the Charter of Rights . Maybe because he is the PM he could amend the Charter. Law is made by politicians , and they can put in whatever the hell they want once elected. Truly believe this PM is the biggest idiot ever elected .


You are not the only one and let s hope that the numbers keep growing larger so that by 2019, he is erased from the scene