OTTAWA – Today in the House of Commonds there was a vote 137-110 for a non-binding motion to allow Iraqi War Resisters to stay in Canada.
The motion was extremely important and timely for Corey Glass, a US war resister ordered to leave Canada by June the 12th. Although non-binding, this could move the goverment to offer a last-minute reprieve to Glass's deportation order.
The motion calls on the Harper Conservatives to allow American 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. Furthermore, the motion would force the government to immediately withdraw any removal or deportation orders against War Resisters.
NDP MP Bill Siksay (Burnaby Douglas), moved a similar motion a year ago on May 8, 2007 at the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. His motion was rejected by the Conservatives, Liberals and Bloc.
Through ongoing campaigns and mobilizations, supporters have finally been able to sway the Liberal and Bloc vote in support of the war resisters
“Ordinary people want the Iraq war resisters to stay,” said Chow. “The Harper Conservatives must respect this and immediately implement this motion.”
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