Roundup: Khadr repatriated

Omar Khadr was repatriated to Canada from Guantanamo Bay on Saturday morning. Vic Toews sent out a churlish press release to highlight the crimes that Khadr confessed to as part of his plea bargain (though there is doubt about the veracity of the claims), and to basically instruct parole officials about him. Khadr will serve the remainder of his sentence in the Millhaven penitentiary, and will now be subject to Canadian parole laws, rather than have no restrictions (as would have been the case had he served the remainder of his sentence in Guantanamo Bay). That parole hearing could come by next summer. Aaron Wherry reminds us what the Liberal government said of his predicament ten years ago.

Susan Delacourt looks into the grey area of privacy laws where political parties are concerned.

The go-ahead for clinical trials for CCSVI treatments for MS have been approved in BC and Quebec. Maclean’s Anne Kingston delves into the particulars of the decision, who the players are, and what some of the possible problems could be.

Despite years of crowing that they reversed the “Decade of Darkness” plaguing the military (never mind that it was actually Paul Martin’s government that recapitalised the military), it looks like Conservative cuts to DND will be far deeper than announced, to the tune of $2.5 billion, which will have an effect on operational capacity.

Public Works is about to put a permanent ban on dealing with a local real estate consulting firm after criminal bid-rigging has been exposed, and the City of Ottawa is considering doing the same.

Amidst the talk about MP pensions, here’s a reminder that it’s not generally worth it to get into politics for the sake of the pension alone – if you don’t get re-elected at least once, you don’t qualify.

Newly de-classified CIA documents show they welcomed the more “pragmatic” Brian Mulroney over the “negative” Pierre Trudeau. Meanwhile, The Canadian Press looks at how the world that Justin Trudeau faces in a possible leadership bid today is different from the one his father faced.

And here is your recap of the Sunday morning politics shows.