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Seventh Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq: Pass Bill C-440 and let the War Resisters Stay PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 March 2010 06:22

Seventh Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq: Pass Bill C-440 and let the War Resisters Stay

Vietnam Veteran and Academy Award-nominated author of "Born on the Fourth of July" Ron Kovic sends a message of support to U.S. Iraq War resisters in Canada on the 7th Anniversary of the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq:

Kovic's message is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cqs6U2tk7kI

Kovic is also calling on Parliament and the Canadian people to support Bill C-440 to compel the Harper government to let war resisters stay.

War Resisters Support Campaign • http://www.resisters.ca/ • 416.598.1222

For more updates on the campaign for Bill C-440 (war resisters bill) visit:
http://www.letthemstay.ca/

MORE ON BILL C-440:

ON SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 MP Gerard Kennedy (L – Parkdale-High Park) introduced Bill C-440, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (war resisters). The bill was seconded by MP Bill Siksay (NDP – Burnaby-Douglas). If passed, this bill will allow US Iraq War resisters to apply for permanent resident status in Canada. Despite the minority Conservative government’s decision to prorogue Parliament until March 3rd, 2010, this Bill will still go forward once Parliament is reconvened.

Bill C-440 follows on two concurrence motions passed in the House of Commons calling on the government to cease deportation proceedings against war resisters. It reflects the fact that the majority of Canadians do not want soldiers who reject participation in the illegal and immoral Iraq war to be sent back to face punishment.

War Resisters speak about why they came to Canada. Toronto, May 2008

War Resisters speak about why they came to Canada. Toronto, May 2008

The government of Stephen Harper has ignored these motions and has deported war resisters Robin Long and Cliff Cornell. Robin was sentenced to 15 months in the brig, and received a dishonorable discharge. This is the military equivalent of a felony conviction – meaning that he it will be impossible for him to get a decent job, loans for school or for education, and he is not eligible to return to Canada where he has a young son.

Cliff received and is currently serving a 12 month sentence and received a bad conduct discharge.

There are more war resisters facing deportation by the Harper government. It is time for this to stop. Canadians overwhelmingly oppose the war in Iraq, and they oppose sending young men and women back to jail for coming to the same conclusion. An Angus Reid poll found that 64% of Canadians, including a majority in all provinces, want U.S. Iraq war resisters to be allowed to stay.

 

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