NDP MPs URGE HALT TO IRAQ WAR RESISTER DEPORTATION

OTTAWA
12 August 2009

The Honourable Jason Kenney, PC MP
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration,
The Honourable Peter Van Loan, PC MP
Minister of Public Safety,
House of Commons
OTTAWA ON K1A 0A6

Dear Ministers,

We are writing with regard to impending removal from Canada of Rodney Watson. Mr. Watson is an Iraq war resister who has made a refugee claim in Canada. As you know, Canada refused to participate in the war in Iraq which many Canadians believe to be an illegal war.

We would strongly urge you to immediately intervene to cease all deportation action against Mr. Watson and to allow him to remain in Canada.

In doing so, we would again draw your attention to the concurrence motions passed in both the 39th and 40th Parliaments which called on the government to establish a specific programme for war resisters who seek asylum and permanent residence in Canada.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter. We look forward to your early reply.

Sincerely yours,

Bill Siksay MP
Burnaby-Douglas

On behalf of:
Libby Davies MP Don Davies MP
Vancouver East Vancouver Kingsway

Peter Julian MP Alex Atamanenko MP
Burnaby-New Westminster British Columbia Southern Interior

Jean Crowder MP Denise Savoie MP
Nanaimo Cowichan Victoria