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June 23, 2008

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

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

For further information: Michelle Robidoux, (416) 856-5008; Lee
Zaslofsky, (416) 598-1222; To arrange an interview, Lynn Simmons, (416)