May 22, 2010
NDP Supports Bill C-440
I received this note from the NDP via email regarding my letter to support bill C-440;
Thank you for your message urging support for Bill C-440 which would
allow war resisters to stay in Canada.
New Democrats have a long history of defending the right of
conscientious objectors to seek sanctuary in Canada. Most recently, we
supported the efforts of resisters to the Iraqi war to apply as
permanent residents and called on the Government of Canada to cease all
removal or deportation actions planned for these individuals and their
families. Through the successful adoption of a motion by New Democrat
Immigration critic Olivia Chow, Parliament gave these directions to the
Government of Canada on June 3, 2008.
We join with the Canadian Council for Refugees and Amnesty International
Canada in support of Canada providing sanctuary to U.S. military
personnel who chose to take a conscientious stand.
Again, thank you for your email. Please visit our website at: www.ndp.ca
to learn the latest about our team of New Democrats. All the best.
Jack Layton, MP (Toronto-Danforth)
Leader, Canada’s New Democrats