Extraditing Canadians for US Laws

Ms Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP): - The federal NDP opposes the extradition of Marc Emery, Gregory Keith Williams and Michelle Rainey-Fenkarek to the United States. We believe it is wrong to extradite people for an offence that would not - and in this case, did not - result in them being charged in Canada.

In the U.S. they face a minimum 10-year sentence which could be raised to a life sentence. The federal NDP believes we should not be sending individuals to face harsh punishment in another country when we have agreed as a society their actions are not worthy of prosecution here in Canada.

This case once again points to the confusing and contradictory nature of the federal Liberal government's marijuana laws. We should recognize that the arrests of these Canadian citizens is more related to political pressure on Canada to cooperate with the U.S. war on drugs than on any harm that has been created by the actions of these individuals.

I will continue to urge Justice Minister Irwin Cotler to consider Canadian justice in his decision on this case and not be swayed by the laws and practices of the U.S.

This Statement in the House of Parliament was posted on August 23, 2005
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