June 23, 2008
parties, Amnesty International
call on Prime Minister to stop July 10
proceedings against U.S. Iraq War resister
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.
WHO: Liberal Citizenship and Immigration Critic Maurizio Bevilacqua.
Party Citizenship and Immigration Critic, Olivia Chow
Immigration Critic Thierry St-Cyr (M. Thierry St-Cyr's statement will be read
at the media conference)
Amnesty International of Canada, Gloria Nafziger,
WHEN: 1 p.m., Wed., June 25, 2008
WHERE: Trinity-St. Paul's United Church, 427 Bloor Street West,
For further information:
Michelle Robidoux, (416) 856-5008; Lee
Zaslofsky, (416) 598-1222; To arrange
an interview, Lynn Simmons, (416)