TORONTO – It’s highly unlikely Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama will discuss the plight of Canadian Omar Khadr when they meet next week.
Harper’s spokesman tells The Canadian Press he doesn’t expect either leader to raise the issue of the Guantanamo Bay detainee.
Kory Teneycke derided a reintegration plan put out Wednesday by Khadr’s lawyer as nothing more than a “PR stunt.”
He also accused the federal opposition, which is calling for Harper and Obama to ensure Khadr is returned to Canada, of “playing politics.”
Pressure on the Harper government to repatriate Khadr, 22, has increased since Obama last month ordered Guantanamo Bay closed within in a year.
Teneycke noted that a U.S. panel is reviewing the status of detainees like Khadr who face charges, and Canada can’t interfere.