• Buses leave from the Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto at 4:30 pm • Buses will return at approximately 9:00 pmThe minority Conservative government is deporting US war resister Rodney Watson back to the US, where he faces punishment for refusing to redeploy to Iraq.
Rodney, who currently lives in Vancouver, served a year in Iraq and when his contract was unilaterally extended, he refused a second deployment to Iraq. He has been ordered to leave Canada on September 11, 2009. "I realized the war had nothing to do with 9/11 or helping Iraqis or stopping terrorists," said Watson. "It's all about guarding oil for the U.S."
Canada's Parliament, supported by a majority of Canadians, has voted twice demanding that the Harper government stop the deportations and allow US Iraq war resisters to stay. Stephen Harper admitted in 2008 that the Iraq war was "absolutely an error" but his government has deported two war resisters to jail in the US for refusing to participate in the war.
On September 11th, Rodney’s supporters in the Toronto area will protest at a Conservative party fundraiser where Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney will be speaking. We will demand that Kenney respect the democratic will of Parliament, and immediately stop the deportation of Rodney Watson and the other war resisters.
Read last month's letter seven Members of Parliament from British Columbia have sent to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, urging him to "immediately intervene to cease all deportation action against Mr. Watson and to allow him to remain in Canada.
-thanks to War Resisters Support Campaign
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