Québécois protest Canadian participation in Afghan war

In this video, The Raging Grannies perform four peace songs at the National Day of Action, calling for Canada out of Afghanistan on October 28, 2006 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

From the YouTube text of the video here:

Francisco Juarez, a former soldier with the Canadian Forces, explains his reasons for leaving the Canadian military and opposing Canada’s controversial and aggressive combat mission in southern Afghanistan.

The video here is called Canadian Military Mom Speaks Out Against War [in Afghanistan] at C[anadian] P[eace] A[lliance].

From CBC in Canada:

Protesters rally as soldiers march in Quebec City

Last Updated: Friday, June 22, 2007 | 11:52 PM ET
CBC News

As a parade of Canadian soldiers set to deploy to Afghanistan marched through the streets of Quebec City on Friday evening, anti-war activists rallied nearby, carrying drums, banners and even mock coffins.

The protesters, led by the War on War Coalition, said they are against Canada’s military involvement in Afghanistan.

They chose to stage their event the same day as 2,500 soldiers from Quebec City’s CFB Valcartier made a farewell march before beginning their deployment July 15 in the volatile Afghan region of Kandahar.

“We’re not targeting the soldiers, we respect them as people,” protest organizer Joseph Bergeron said. “But we are in total opposition with the Afghanistan mission and we want to show we represent the great part of the population that is opposed.”

In Quebec, opposition is especially high, with a recent poll suggesting 70 per cent of people in the province don’t agree with the mission.

On Wednesday, some members of the Parti Québécois refused to stand in honour of Quebec soldiers who were visiting the province’s national assembly. Earlier this month, protesters sent letters to Valcartier soldiers, urging them to refuse their deployment.

With anti-war sentiment high, organizers of the military march worried that they might have to cancel their parade through Old Quebec.

See also here.

Canada’s Supreme Court opens door to deportation of US [Iraq] “war resisters”: here.

5 thoughts on “Québécois protest Canadian participation in Afghan war

  1. War Resister Corey Glass loses bid to stay in Canada
    First Iraq War veteran to face deportation; June 12 deadline set

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    May 21, 2008

    coreyUS Iraq war resister Corey Glass was told today that his application to stay in Canada for “humanitarian and compassionate” reasons has been rejected. He has been ordered to leave Canada by June 12. If this order is allowed to stand, Corey will be the first Iraq War resister to be deported from Canada.

    Corey Glass, 25, of Fairmount, Indiana went to Canada in August 2006 after serving five months in Iraq as a Military Intelligence Sergeant. “What I saw in Iraq convinced me that the war is illegal and immoral. I could not in good conscience continue to take part in it,” said Corey. “I came here because Canada did not join the Iraq War.”

    On December 6, 2007, with Courage to Resist organizers in attendance, the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration called on the Canadian Government to “immediately implement a program to allow conscientious objectors and their immediate family members to apply for permanent resident status and remain in Canada; and the government should immediately cease any removal or deportation actions against such individuals.”

    It is estimated that several hundred Iraq War resisters are currently in Canada, many of them living underground.

    “The Government should implement that recommendation immediately,” said author Lawrence Hill. “Corey Glass had the courage to listen to his conscience. He is working hard to build a new life in this country. He should be allowed to stay.”

    With political refugee status attempts rejected by the Canadian Supreme Court last year, Corey appealed to be allowed to immigrate to Canada for “Humanitarian and Compassionate” reasons. All of the war resisters who have already been rejected as refugees have applied for this status.
    US war resisters gather after hearing victory in Ottawa 12/6/07. Photo: L Hurlebaus

    “Many had hoped that the Canadian government might find this avenue as a face-saving measure that would allow some war resisters to remain in Canada, but not as refugees,” said Gerry Condon, Project Safe Haven.

    Gerry Condon concluded, “The prognosis is that the status of U.S. war resisters in Canada will become more difficult. AWOL GI’s will still be able to enter Canada as visitors and apply for refugee status. Because each case is reviewed individually, this will gain them a de facto sanctuary, however temporary.”

    It’s critical that supporters of GI resistance here in the U.S. get ready to step up our efforts. It’s inevitable that at least some of our U.S. war resisters in Canada will be coming home soon. They will be facing court martials and confinement, and what we do in response will effect these people’s lives, and the momentum of the GI resistance movement.

    Written with contribution and content from the War Resisters Support Campaign (Canada) and Project Safe Haven


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