3.31.2009

parliament passes war resister motion; galloway appears by telecast

This was a long, nerve-wracking, joyous, frustrating, scary, uplifting evening.

The motion in support of US Iraq War resisters was passed in the House of Commons by a vote of 129 - 125.

We are thrilled and relieved.

George Galloway addressed a packed house in Toronto via internet.

He was incredible.

I'll tell you more tomorrow.

2 comments:

Cornelia said...

I got this email from Jack Layton (Olivia's husband):

Thank you for your message in support of American war resisters staying
in Canada.

I am proud to say that New Democrat MP Olivia Chow's motion to "let them
stay" received passage in Parliament on March 30th. For the second time
in less than a year, Parliament has shown that it agrees with Canadians
who believe the American war in Iraq is wrong and that resisters should
be allowed to stay. It's now up to the Harper Conservatives to respect
the will of Parliament and stop deporting those who seek a safe haven in
Canada.

The New Democratic Party of Canada has consistently affirmed its
commitment to allowing conscientious objectors to the Iraq war to apply
as permanent residents in Canada. We believe that the Government of
Canada should immediately cease all removal or deportation actions that
may have commenced against these individuals and their families.

Again, thank you for your email. Please visit our website at: www.ndp.ca
to learn the latest about our team of New Democrats.

Sincerely,


Jack Layton, MP (Toronto-Danforth)
Leader, Canada's New Democrats

Cornelia said...

And this from the office of Mr. St. Cyr:

Here is the answer to your e-mail on behalf of Thierry St-Cyr, deputy of the Bloc Québécois in Jeanne-LeBer:

I am pleased to respond to your email concerning Iraq war resisters from the United States who are living in Canada.

The Bloc Québécois advocates respect for the rights of individuals and peoples, freedom and solidarity, and the peaceful resolution of conflicts. That is why I supported a motion of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration recommending that the government allow American war resisters to remain in Canada.

Sincerely,

Thierry St-Cyr
MP-Jeanne-Le Ber
Citizenship and Immigration Critic
Bloc Québécois


Caroline Bonin
Adjointe de circonscription