Should Canada Deport US War Resisters?

The Canadian government is prepared to deport US soldiers who fled to their country because they believe the war in Iraq is a criminal action. The War Resisters Support Campaign says former soldier, Cliff Cornell, has been told he must leave Canada by December 24 or face removal by force. The organization is asked Immigration Minister Jason Kenney to halt all deportation of war resisters. They want federal authorities to implement a motion passed by the Canadian parliament in June to prevent deportation of “conscientious objectors” to wars not sanctioned by the United Nations and they should be allowed to apply for permanent resident status. Kenney’s office insists US military deserters are not genuine refugees.

During the war in Vietnam, the people of Canada welcomed American deserters who fled the horror of that war, but today, the Canadian government is refusing to recognize the horror of Iraq and Afghanistan. Any soldiers who deserts knows he/she faces serious jail time so to make that decision entails careful consideration of what is right or wrong in life. It is a conscious decision by individuals who are conscientious objectors.

  • Gordie

    According to polling done by Angus Reid 68% of Canadians are in favour of granting war resisters asylum…and our Parliament passed a motion saying the same thing.

    Sadly we have a Prime Minister who only believes in democracy when it serves his agenda…and he was on US TV when our Liberal goverment was refusing to participate in the Iraq invasion saying Canadians should be joining in and that we were in favour of the US led invsasion…Harper is a joke.

  • Fred Stopsky

    Unfortunately, war resisting is not a joke

  • kv


  • kv

    these traitors knew what they signed up for when they signed up. harper was democratically elected and he has chosen to send these people back. i agree. send them back. come to canada legally.

  • Fred Stopsky

    So, if Soldiers who joined the German army in 1939 and came to see the brutality of Nazism requested asylum in Canada, you would refuse it?