liberal party supports u.s. war resisters

From the website of the Liberal Party of Canada:
The Liberal Opposition is calling on the Conservative government to support a motion that would allow conscientious objectors to apply for permanent resident status in Canada, said Liberal Citizenship and Immigration Critic Maurizio Bevilacqua.

"Five years ago, the Liberal government made a principled decision not to participate in a war that wasn’t sanctioned by the United Nations (U.N.). We should not now punish individuals and their families for making the same decision based on their personal principles," said Mr. Bevilacqua.

The motion, which was passed by the Immigration Committee and is being debated in the House today, calls on the government to allow conscientious objectors, and their immediate family members, who have refused or left military service related to a war not sanctioned by the U.N. and who do not have a criminal record to apply for permanent resident status and remain in Canada. The motion also stipulates that the government should not proceed with any action against any war resister who currently faces deportation.

"The government has a choice: it is not compelled to force these people to go back to a country where they may face prosecution under military law, or may be permanently branded for making a principled decision," said Mr. Bevilacqua.

"Stephen Harper has indicated that, had he been Prime Minister in 2003, Canada would have participated in the Iraq war. I hope that the fact that Mr. Harper got it wrong at the time will not prevent him from showing compassion for those who made the right decision."

Thank you to Mr. Bevilacqua and our other Liberal supporters for doing the right thing.


A Eliz. said...

I do not think the Canadian government should send you to a place that would put you in jail, among other things. The wrong Government. is in right now, in both places .....I hope you will get to stay here.

laura k said...

Thank you Lizt!

Daniel wbc said...

omg ... OK, I'm ignorant here ... Stephen Harper really said that if he were PM at the time, Canada would have gone to Iraq?

And this guy is still in office?

laura k said...

At the time of the invasion, when Harper was opposition leader, he supported the invasion. He made statements that he regretted that Canada was not being loyal to its Anglo and American allies. He also said it was the first time Canada had not gone with the US - which is ridiculous, since Canada was not in the Vietnam War.

During his 2006 election campaign, Harper backed away from these statements, and said that the invasion of Iraq was probably a mistake.

(It's worth remembering that the Liberals got Canada into Afghanistan, and Paul Martin wanted a lot more military "harmonization" with the US.)

allan said...

Thank you to Mr. Bevilacqua and our other Liberal supporters for doing the right thing.

Thank you to Mr. Bevilacqua and our other Liberal supporters for finally doing the right thing.

laura k said...

Yes. That's an important edit.

Unknown said...

hey ive been shoeless indoors since jun 6 05:) fighting the fight for sancutary up here..its robin long....
this is all so exciting

laura k said...

Robin, welcome! Yes, it is so exciting!!

Maybe we'll get to meet one day at a national event. I hope things are well for you out west.