6.04.2009

additional note on recent jason kenney picket in toronto

I forgot a little Campaign note that I wanted to share. So rather than bury it in an old post, here's a new one.

This past Monday, Toronto Campaigners showed up at the Sutton Place Hotel, where an unpublicized event featuring Immigration and Citizenship Minister Jason Kenney was taking place. (How do we know about these things? Magic!)

About 15-20 supporters were outside the hotel, holding our huge DON'T DEPORT WAR RESISTERS! banner and handing leaflets to passers-by. Someone going into the event took a leaflet and said, "I agree with you!"

We later heard that, inside, the protest "was definitely noticed". Someone in the audience stood to ask a question, and, identifying himself as an historian, "upbraided" Mr Kenney for his stance on war resisters in Canada, and "was warmly applauded".

People of peace and good conscience are everywhere!

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Kenney was at the hotel to announce Canada's participation in an international Holocaust education effort. The event was held on the 70th anniversary of Canada's refusal to allow a ship full of Jewish refugees into the country.

Canada had a lot of company on that one: every country in the Americas also refused to allow the passengers of the St Louis onto their shores. The 907 Jewish people on board were sent back to Germany.

That was a mistake that Canada now admits and regrets.

Today the Canadian government makes another mistake, by turning away and deporting war resisters.

8 comments:

L-girl said...

How long til I have to reject the first comment accusing me of equating the war resisters with Holocaust victims?

Stephanie said...

Do you know if Kenney show any reaction, or did he try to respond?

L-girl said...

That I don't know, unfortunately. I assume he gave the usual pat answer about the refugee process, but I don't know.

I love that people "warmly applauded"!

Stephanie said...

me too!

It is uplifting and we all need that sometimes.

redsock said...

I hope we don't have to wait until 2079 for Canada to do the right thing!

Cornelia said...

How long til I have to reject the first comment accusing me of equating the war resisters with Holocaust victims?

No worries, Laura, I happened to write this:

I would say that honor murder is the very worst and most grievous re: both women’s rights violations and honor crimes. The ideology of the offenders is deeply at odds with human rights. They seem to be just another version of the fatal and dehumanizing Nazi motto that stated “You are nothing, your people is everything!” (“Du bist nichts, dein Volk ist alles!”) For they are just as offensive to basic human rights and freedom and I might say that the motto of the honor murderers is “You are nothing, your family and the men in your family are everything!”
And those criminal practices remind me also of the Nazis’s fatal “selection” into lives they considered “worth” staying alive and lives they deemed “not worthy to live” (fatale Selektion in “lebenswertes” und “lebensunwertes” Leben.)"

And there I take my stand and even if I have to seek redress in court!!! Hell no, the days of torment at the hands of authoritarian-conservative and cultural relativist sexist patriarchal bullies and sadists are over for me and I am a free person nowadays who need not let them do her in again!!!

Cornelia said...

Thanks so much Stephanie. No worries, Allan, I don't think the Harper bunch will stay in power till that time!

redsock said...

No worries, Allan, I don't think the Harper bunch will stay in power till that time!

The way the Liberals keep waiting for the absolute perfect time to call an election, I'm not so sure .......

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