Letter to Minister of Justice Regarding Extradition of Marc Emery

The Honourable Rob Nicholson
Minister of Justice
105 East Block
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A6

Dear Minister Nicholson,

I write to ask you to stop the extradition of Mr. Marc Emery to the United States. It is essential that your government assert Canada’s sovereignty and refuse to allow Canadian citizens to be
subject to US laws and pressure.

Mr. Emery was arrested, along with two of his employees, for mailing cannabis seeds across the border more than two years ago. He continues to face extradition to the United States, where he could face life in prison for a crime that is considered a summary offence in Canada. Canadian law enforcement officials were aware of Mr. Emery’s activities for years and have chosen not to charge him. We should not be sending individuals to face harsh punishment in another country when we have agreed as a society that these actions are not worthy of prosecution in Canada.

This case is indicative of your government’s willingness to abandon Canadian independence on drug policy to American courts, and undermines Canada’s ability to make and enforce its own laws. I urge you to immediately make it clear to the United States government that Canada will not allow the extradition of Mr. Emery, and to assert the independence of the Canadian legal
system from foreign interference.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Yours Sincerely,

Libby Davies, MP
Vancouver East

Cc: The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister
Joe Comartin, NDP Justice Critic
Paul Dewar, NDP Foreign Affairs Critic

This Open Letter to Ministers & Public Officials was posted on February 6, 2008
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