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
New Democratic Party Citizenship and Immigration Critic,
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
WHEN: 1 p.m., Wed., June 25, 2008
WHERE: Trinity-St. Paul's United Church, 427 Bloor Street West,
Disponible en français
For further information:
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