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Trudeau right to say Canada doesn’t pay ransoms, but should have said it sooner: former Liberal MP

OTTAWA — A former Liberal MP who was once tasked with helping Canadians abroad says the federal government did not pay ransoms under his watch. 532 more words


Letters: Paying ransom only encourages terrorists

Re: Paying Ransoms Fuels The Fire, Andrew Coyne; Canada Does Not Pay Ransom To Terrorists, Terry Glavin, both, April 28.
I agree with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the government should not pay ransom money to kidnappers and terrorists. 1,053 more words

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Canada-wide warrant issued for 'armed and dangerous' suspects in kidnapping of 2 teens

Police have issued a Canada-wide arrest warrant for two suspected gang members wanted in an ongoing armed “gang war kidnapping” investigation. Police say two teenagers were held at gunpoint for ransom, forced to play Russian roulette, tortured and sexually assaulted in Toronto over the course of two days. 910 more words


Pardy: Getting hostages back is a delicate dance

The murder of Canadian John Ridsdel by Abu Sayyaf militants brought to a tragic end his seven-month ordeal in the southern Philippines. Ridsdel and fellow Canadian Robert Hall, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad and Filipina Maritess Flor were taken from The Holiday Oceanview Resort last Sept. 628 more words


Matthew Fisher: Don't criticize leaders for harrowing decisions on ransom demands

As someone who knew John Ridsdel, who was murdered Monday by the Islamist terror group Abu Sayyaf, I wanted the Canadian government to do everything it could to secure his release including, if necessary, meeting the huge ransom demands of his captor. 674 more words


Andrew Coyne: Governments need to follow through on vow to not pay ransom to terrorists

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said “Canada does not and will not pay ransom to terrorists, directly or indirectly,” he was either lying or announcing a change of policy. 874 more words

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Editorial: Canada is right not to pay ransoms to hostage-takers

Canadians were disgusted to learn of the beheading of John Ridsdel by Abu Sayyaf hostage-takers in the Philippines. And there is every reason to worry about what might happen to fellow Canadian Robert Hall and others who remain captives. 423 more words