7.09.2008

dear stephen harper, stéphane dion, and everyone else

To:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Copy To:
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Diane Finley
Stéphane Dion, MP
Giles Duceppe, MP
Jack Layton, MP
Albina Guarnieri, MP [my MP]

July 9, 2008

I am writing to urge you to call for the immediate release of Robin Long, an American Iraq war resister now being detained in a prison cell in Nelson, BC.

Yesterday was Robin's son's birthday. This Canadian-born child turned two years old while his father sat in jail, waiting for you to enact the will of Parliament.

In addition, Corey Glass, an Iraq war veteran, is scheduled to be deported tomorrow, July 10. You have neither acted nor commented on his case.

On June 3, by majority vote, the Canadian Parliament called upon the Government to implement a provision allowing Iraq War Resisters and their families to remain in Canada, and to stop all deportation proceedings against them.

A recent poll showed that nearly two out of three Canadians (64%) support this.

In light of the June 3 vote, majority public opinion, and the recent Federal Court decision regarding Joshua Key, you are compelled to act.

On April 13, 2005, in the House of Commons, you said, "The Prime Minister has the moral responsibility to respect the will of the House". Mr. Harper, as the leader of a minority Government, you must respect the will of the House.

Please act immediately to stop these deportations and to give Iraq War resisters asylum in Canada.

Sincerely,
Laura Kaminker
[address]
[phone number]

pm@pm.gc.ca
finley.d@parl.gc.ca
finled1@parl.gc.ca
laytoj@parl.gc.ca
duceppe.g@parl.gc.ca
dion.s@parl.gc.ca
guarnieri.a@parl.gc.ca

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Write, call, fax today.

3 comments:

Joe Mama said...

The fact that the MPs and the Prime Minister haven't commented on this is not a good sign. Let's hope for the best.

As we've seen with the situation south of the border, just because the majority of people want something, doesn't mean that the government will honor those wishes.

By the way, if you're a Canadian living in the U.S. or elsewhere, you can register to vote by mail in the next federal election. Click here for information.

L-girl said...

As we've seen with the situation south of the border, just because the majority of people want something, doesn't mean that the government will honor those wishes.

Yes, of course. There's a big difference in Canada, tho. Democracy usually functions here.

As you said, let's hope for the best.

Ferdzy said...

I've been busy as heck, and won't be able to make it to a demo tomorrow. Crunch time on apartment turnover, unfortunately. However, here's the letter I just sent off:

Dear Prime Minister Steven Harper;

Please call for the immediate release of Robin Long, who has been detained in Nelson, BC, on immigration charges in spite of the fact that he has been complying with the requirements set upon him.

Robin Long has come to Canada asking that we treat him in accordance with our historical requirements for refugees, which he meets, as do all those American soldiers who have fled to Canada in the face of unrelenting pressure to violate the Geneva Convention and commit war crimes. In return for their legally and morally obligated refusal to commit war crimes, these soldiers are faced with sever punishments, up to and including the possiblity of being returned to Iraq.

Canada has an obligation as well, to respect the values that Canadians fought and died for during World War II; to remember that "just following orders" is no excuse, legally or morally, to commit the kinds of acts now being required by the American government of their servicemen and women in Iraq.

Please support these soldiers in their fight to refrain from enforced criminal activity. Please let them stay in Canada, in accordance with the will of the people of Canada, recently expressed through a motion in parliament, and reinforced by the recent Federal Court decision regarding Joshua Key.

Yours Truly,