Parliamentary parties, Amnesty International call on Prime Minister to stop July 10 deportation proceedings against U.S. Iraq War resister


    TORONTO, June 23 /CNW/ - With less than 16 days remaining until U.S. war
resister Corey Glass' scheduled deportation, three parliamentary parties and
Amnesty International are urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Citizenship
and Immigration Minister Diane Finley to cease deportation and removal
proceedings against Glass and U.S. war resisters seeking refuge in Canada.
    The federal government's July 10 deportation order against Glass is still
in effect, creating enormous stress, anxiety and turmoil for him and all war
resisters and their families who are hoping the government will be guided by
the expressed will of Parliament.
    The successful passage of a June 3 landmark parliamentary motion called
on the Conservative government to allow U.S. war resisters who have refused or
left military service related to the illegal invasion of Iraq, and their
immediate family members, to stay in Canada and be able to become permanent
residents, and to immediately cease any removal or deportation actions that
may have already commenced against such individuals.
    A poll carried out in June 2007 by Stratcom Ltd., showed that 64.6% of
Ontarians agreed that the war resisters should be allowed to stay in Canada.WHAT:        Media Conference

    WHO:         Liberal Citizenship and Immigration Critic Maurizio
                 Bevilacqua.
                 New Democratic Party Citizenship and Immigration Critic,
                 Olivia Chow,
                 Bloc Québécois Immigration Critic Thierry St-Cyr (M. Thierry
                 St-Cyr's statement will be read at the media conference)
                 Amnesty International of Canada, Gloria Nafziger, Refugee
                 Coordinator

    WHEN:        1 p.m., Wed., June 25, 2008

    WHERE:       Trinity-St. Paul's United Church, 427 Bloor Street West,
                 Toronto, Canada

                 Disponible en français
For further information: Michelle Robidoux, (416) 856-5008; Lee
Zaslofsky, (416) 598-1222; To arrange an interview, Lynn Simmons, (416)
998-3157; See also: www.resisters.ca