OTTAWA, Nov. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - 1960s radical and former California
Senator Tom Hayden reacted strongly to the news that the Supreme Court of
Canada refused yesterday to hear appeals from two former U.S. soldiers seeking
refugee status in Canada.
Hayden urged Canadians to allow the soldiers to stay in Canada.
Jeremy Hinzman and Brandon Hughey sought refugee status on the grounds of
their opposition to the war in Iraq. It is estimated that there are as many as
300 former U.S. soldiers in Canada who similarly face court martial and
possible imprisonment for desertion. As usual in such decisions, the High
Court gave no reasons.
"I hope that the Canadian people stop the Bush Administration from using
the Harper government to hound a handful of war resisters and erase Canada's
proud heritage as a haven for resisters and refugees," said Tom Hayden from
his home in California.
Hayden visited Ottawa in April 2005, accompanied by the mother of a U.S.
soldier who was killed in action in Iraq, to support the bid by former U.S.
soldiers to remain in Canada.
During the visit, Hayden hearkened back to the Vietnam War era when many
Americans sought refuge in Canada. "Looking back, it was a proud chapter in
Canadian history, and relations between the United States and Canada were not
damaged at all," he said.
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