Let war resisters stay in Canada

Posted: July 3, 2008 in Uncategorized

Winnipeggers show support for US war resisters, July 3, 2008, by picketing the office of Winnipeg South Tory MP Ron Bruinooge.

Winnipeggers showed support for US war resisters in Canada, July 3, by picketing the constituency office of Winnipeg South Tory MP Ron Bruinooge. Photo: Paul Graham

Following on the June 3 Parliamentary approval of a resolution to allow US war resisters to remain in Canada, the War Resisters Support Campaign called for a July 2nd National Day of Action to urge the federal government to implement the will of Parliament. There is wide support for the Parliamentary vote. According to a national poll conducted by Angus Reid shortly after the vote in Parliament, a “majority of Canadians would agree with the decision to let American military deserters stay in Canada as permanent residents.” Despite this, the Harper Tories are not showing any signs of softening their position.

The young Americans who have sought refuge in Canada have done so because they refuse to participate in war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. We must continue to insist that the federal government implement the will of Parliament.

Call Minister Diane Finley and insist that she:

  • stop deportation proceedings against Corey Glass and all US Iraq war resisters
  • implement the motion adopted by our Parliament to allow US Iraq war resisters to apply for permanent resident status.

Here are the numbers to call:

  • Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Diane Finley: (613) 996-4974
  • MP Diane Finley’s constituency office (Simcoe): (519) 426-3400

Or email her at: minister@cic.gc.ca or finled1@parl.gc.ca.

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