After arriving in Toronto on Sunday, Mohammed Fahmy spoke to the public on Tuesday at a news conference hosted by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression at Ryerson University.
Fahmy who was arrested in 2013 in Egypt, accused of spreading false news, was sentenced to three years following a re-trial earlier this year.
However the journalist was granted a presidential pardon in September along with his Egyptian co-accused.
During the news conference, Fahmy thanked those who had supported him throughout his ordeal, saying that both Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair provided great support to him and his family while he was incarcerated in Egypt.
However he said that ”sitting in that prison cell, it was hard not to feel betrayed and abandoned by Prime Minister Harper” adding that the Harper Government refused the request to speak to him or his lawyers.
Fahmy said he wants to start a conversation in Canada about how ”we as Canadians want out government to react when one of our citizens is detained in a foreign jurisdiction”.
While he said he is excited to be in Canada during the elections and has been reading up on election topics such as Bill C-51, he stopped short of endorsing any particular candidate.