Deserted War Resister Released, Wants to Return to Canada

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A letter-writing effort by Canadians that began last May won a slight but important sentence reduction for Cliff. The reduction means his conviction will not be considered a felony. As a result, if there are any barriers preventing Cliff from returning to his adopted home on Gabriola Island they will be political, not legal. Scanned copies of two letters are attached as examples.

"It's a travesty that despite Parliament voting twice to stop deporting Iraq war resisters, our government continues to do the bidding of the Pentagon and the U.S. military," said Robidoux. "Canadians successfully campaigned for the U.S. military to reduce Cliff's sentence. Now that Cliff is free, we will campaign across the country to ensure he is allowed to return as soon as possible."

Cliff very much wants to come back to Gabriola Island, BC where he was welcomed for his stand against the Iraq War and simply as a person. Cliff suffered terrible teasing throughout his childhood for a speech impediment that remains with him today, but Gabriola Islanders didn't mistreat him for it or even seem to notice it.  
 
WAR RESISTERS SUPPORT CAMPAIGN
http://www.resisters.ca/

Media Release
For Immediate Release
Saturday, January 16, 2010
 
The War Resisters Support Campaign has posted a video message of solidarity and support for Cliff on YouTube:


If passed when the Parliament returns after prorogation, this bill will make binding on the Government of Canada direction that has already been given by two votes of Parliament which the minority Conservative government has ignored claiming that votes on motions, unlike bills, are non-binding:




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For further information, please contact:


Ken Marciniec, Communications Volunteer, War Resister Support Campaign, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 416-803-6066.
 




  

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