3.29.2010

please email your m.p. about bill c-440

One more week until both my final papers are due. I'm on pace to turn in two beautiful papers, on time. Amazingly, to me, I'm even enjoying the writing.

Whatever extra time I can squeeze out, I'm choosing to put into the Campaign instead of blogging. I'll have a crazy-long list of things to blog about, beginning April 7!

Meanwhile, if you care about US war resisters in Canada - if you care about peace - if you want Canada to reflect your Canadian values - please do this today.

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E-mail your M.P. now to support Iraq War resisters and Bill C-440

In only a matter of a few weeks, Parliament could be debating and voting on Bill C-440, a bill that would make legally binding two motions that have already passed in the House of Commons in support of U.S. Iraq War resisters. Bill C-440 sends a message to the Harper government that the will of the majority in support of war resisters cannot be ignored.

In addition to the nearly 10,000 Bill C-440 postcards that supporters are gathering across Canada, we are asking you to take a few minutes today and directly contact your M.P. to ask them to support Bill C-440.

Here's the form online; it only takes a few minutes to e-mail your M.P.:

Canadians are proud of the fact that we refused to send our soldiers into an unsanctioned and immoral war. Even a majority of Americans think Canada did the right thing by not participating.

Canada has an honourable tradition of offering sanctuary to Americans who object to wars not sanctioned by the United Nations and want to live a life of peace, free from persecution. During the Vietnam War, Canada welcomed tens of thousands of American war resisters who have contributed greatly to our society.

US Iraq War resisters still face deportation and the threat of jail for doing the right thing. Take action today to make sure your M.P. knows you want Bill C-440 passed.

Send an e-mail to your M.P. here.

More information and updates on Bill C-440 here.

Organized by the War Resisters Support Campaign.

7 comments:

Tom said...

Signed and sent

Mike said...

E-mail sent but considering my MP is a Harperite... not sure how much good it's going to do.

redsock said...

Thanks guys! Mike, I'm sorry to hear you're in a Con riding, but the send still does a lot of good. Every one of those emails will be counted by Jason Kenney's office, and he'll know just how much support we have.

L-girl said...

WTH? Allan was signed in on my netbook. That was me thanking you. :)

L-girl said...

To the commenter "Vlad": Canadian governments have given special dispensation for several different groups of people to be allowed into Canada as refugees. These include Vietnamese refugees ("boat people"), Soviet-bloc Europeans, and others. And these in much greater numbers than US war resisters.

If the Harper government would implement the two motions that Parliament has already passed in support of US (not Iraqi) war resisters, the private member's bill would not be needed. But as it will not, this is the only chance the war resisters have.

Thanks for your support, as far as it goes, but this issue is not subject to debate on this blog.

Vlad S said...

I think that if c-440 were worded in line with the motions, it would have been much more likely to pass. Worded as it is, it very likely won't, which saddens me as a supporter, as, incidentally, does your reluctance to publish my comments ;-)

L-girl said...

Your first comment seemed very negative to me.

The bill is worded to give it the maximum chance of passage. The language of the motion was way too broad to become a bill. That language was only possible because it was not legally binding.

The language of C-440 is much more narrow in focus than the motions.

The bill can pass, we know that. What's unknown is if it will get a debate and 2nd reading before an election is called.