Trudeau served up pancakes to people attending a community breakfast at the Calgary Stampede, but couldn’t escape being served up some cutting questions about the Khadr settlement.
A man who lives near one of the breakfast venues put up a large sign on his garage which said “Trudeau, why don’t you pay the widow Speer?” – referring to the wife of U.S. soldier Chris Speer, who Khadr is accused of killing in Afghanistan 15 years ago.
While he didn’t address calls for the Canadian government to compensate Tabitha Speer, Trudeau said he understood why many people are frustrated.
He added fiscal considerations weren’t the only reason behind the payment.
“We hope that the message going forward to all future governments is you cannot ignore or be complicit in the violation of Canadians’ fundamental rights, regardless of what they did,” he said.
On a lighter note, Trudeau admitted that he was teased for forgetting to mention Alberta in his Canada Day speech. He said it was a bit of gentle ribbing, and that most people understood that mistakes happen.
The prime minister also met with Indigenous leaders at the Stampede’s Indian Village and took in some of the rodeo.
– With files from Global News reporter Carolyn Kury de Castillo and The Canadian Press