Supporters of US Soldier Jeremy Hinzman Petition Immigration Minister to Stay Deportation Order



    TORONTO, Sept. 19 /CNW/ - Jeremy Hinzman, a US soldier who refused to
fight in the Iraq war, is scheduled to be deported from Canada with his wife
Nga, his son Liam and his Canadian born daughter Megan on Tuesday, September
23rd.
    Hundreds of his supporters from faith communities, unions such as the
United Steelworkers, and community groups will be traveling to Minister of
Immigration, Diane Finley's constituency office on Sunday, September 21st
arriving at 11am. They will then be holding a rally at 12noon at Powell Park
in Port Dover asking that she use her authority to stay the deportation order.
    The House of Commons passed a motion on June 3rd, 2008 stating that
conscientious objectors to the Iraq war be allowed to remain in Canada. This
country refused to participate in the war because it was not sanctioned by the
United Nations and was deemed illegal by then Secretary General Kofi Annan.
    "The Minister of Immigration Diane Finley has the power to act on this
motion and to date has refused to do so in spite of the majority vote in
Parliament. We are asking that she reflect the will of the Canadian people.",
said Michelle Robidoux of the War Resister Support Campaign. A recent poll
shows that two thirds of Canadians support allowing US soldiers to stay in
Canada.
    Other Iraq war resisters from the United States such as Sergeant Patrick
Hart, a decorated nine year US army veteran of the 101st Airborne who served
in Kuwait, US Army Sergeant Phil McDowell, who served in Iraq, are also
seeking status in Canada, and will be traveling to Minister Finley's
constituency.

    11am picket at Diane Finley's office 70 Queensway West, Simcoe, On
    12 noon rally at Powell Park, Main Street, Port Dover, On




For further information:

For further information: Michelle Robidoux at (416) 856-5008 or Lee
Zaslofsky at (416) 369-0864

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