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Conservative Leader Scheer won't 'lift finger' to bring 'Jihadi Jack' to Canada

The Liberals and Conservatives are expressing no enthusiasm for trying to secure the release of British-Canadian Jack Letts, dubbed "Jihadi Jack" by the British media, from prison in Syria following word that London has revoked his citizenship. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says Letts should remain locked up. Scheer is shown in this Aug. 14, 2019 File photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Bell

OTTAWA — It appears the overseas prisoner dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the British media won’t be headed to Canada any time soon.

Neither the governing Liberals nor the Opposition Conservatives are expressing any enthusiasm today for trying to secure the release of Jack Letts, a British-Canadian man, from prison in Syria following word that London has revoked his citizenship.

Letts’ father says his son went to Syria to help create a peaceful Muslim state and was never involved in violence perpetrated by the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says Letts should remain locked up.

Scheer says a government under his leadership would “not lift a finger” to bring Letts to Canada.

Asked if he would welcome Letts to Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would only say it is a crime to travel internationally with the aim of supporting terrorism.

The Canadian Press