Contrary to widespread hopes and expectations for a positive resolution for U.S. Iraq War resisters, the Liberal government is pursuing litigation against them that was initiated by the previous Harper government. The Federal Court hearings are scheduled for April 5 and 6.
We are asking every supporter to immediately email Minister of Immigration John McCallum, at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org (model message below).
Please include your city and province after your name.
cc Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: email@example.com
Below is a model email message you can copy and paste – you can send as is, or personalize it:
SUBJECT: U.S. Iraq War resisters – Stop litigation initiated by Harper government
Honourable John McCallum
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Dear Minister McCallum,
I am writing to ask that you immediately cease the litigation initiated by the former Conservative government against U.S. Iraq War resisters.
Our new government should not defend decisions made under the previous government and re-litigate matters the Court has already found on in favour of these conscientious objectors. As you know, Canadians overwhelmingly opposed the Iraq War and the Liberal government under Jean Chrétien made a decision not to participate in it.
The cases to be heard by the Federal Court on April 5 and 6 should be settled, and the matters sent back to be re-determined by new immigration officers.
I thank you for your consideration and look forward to your response.
cc: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau