PROMINENT CANADIANS URGE PAUL MARTIN TO
LET U.S. WAR RESISTERS STAY IN CANADA
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, Chapel, 427 Bloor Street W., Toronto
(1 Block west of Spadina Ave. - Subway: Spadina)
(TORONTO) - Prominent Canadians representing diverse sectors of society
are raising their voices to demand that the Martin Government respond
to the growing number of US war resisters coming to Canada by implementing
a policy that will make it possible for them to find sanctuary in this
Jeremy Hinzman since he arrived last year," said actor Shirley Douglas.
"We now have fifteen US war objectors who have applied for asylum
in Canada rather than fight in an illegal war in Iraq. It is time for
the Canadian government to answer these young men about their future."
Among the speakers
at the press conference will be: actor Shirley Douglas; Hassan
Yusuff, Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress; author and
broadcaster Judy Rebick; Gloria Nafziger, Refugee Coordinator,
Amnesty International; and Jeffry House, the lawyer for several
of the US war resisters.
"It is clear that the vast majority of Canadians are against the
war in Iraq," said Hassan Yussuff, Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian
Labour Congress. "That is why Canada did not participate in it. The
only consistent position for the Canadian government to adopt is to allow
those US soldiers who refuse to participate, to stay in this country."
Lee Zaslofsky (416 598 1222 or 416 369 0864)
Michelle Robidoux (416 856 5008)
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