August 6, 2009

URGENT: Keep Iraq war resister Rodney Watson in Canada!

(August 5, 2009) – Despite a written request from all three opposition parties' Immigration Critics for the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to honour the direction of Parliament and “not to use the Parliamentary recess to disregard the expressed will of the House of Commons with respect to the fair treatment of Iraq War resisters in Canada”, U.S. Iraq war resister Rodney Watson faces removal from Canada on August 10.

Rodney is an Iraq War veteran who came to Canada in 2007 after refusing a second tour to Iraq. After seeing the way the U.S. was treating people in Iraq, he left the army because he refused to risk his life in a war for oil. He lives in Vancouver.

Rodney also has an 8-month old Canadian son who needs his father to be in Canada to help raise him.

Here is something you can do from home:

Please call or email the Immigration Minister, the Parliamentary Secretary to the minister and the Prime Minister.

Ask them to honour the will of Parliament, and stop the deportation of Rodney Watson and the other war resisters.

Remind them that 64% of Canadians want U.S. Iraq war resisters to stay and that all three opposition party's immigration critics have called on the government not use the summer recess to disregard the expressed will of Parliament.

The Right Hon. Stephen Harper
Phone: (613) 992-4211

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney
Call 613.954.1064 (Ministry office)
or 613.992.2235 (Parliamentary Office)
Or email him at: or

Alice Wong, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister Kenney
Call 604-775-5790 (riding office)
1-877-775-5790 (Ottawa office)

Please cc the opposition party critics if you email Jason Kenney or Alice Wong:
Liberal party immigration critic Maurizio Bevilacqua:
NDP immigration critic Olivia Chow:
Bloc Québécois immigration critic Thierry St-Cyr:

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