Mr. Speaker, I have a petition, totalling over 500 signatures, on behalf of Canadians.
The petitioners ask that the government respect Canada's long tradition of providing safe harbour to those fleeing militarism. The majority of Canadians did not support the war in Iraq and saw it as an illegal war. The petitioners argue that according to the principle of international law, soldiers have a duty, not a choice, to refuse to carry out illegal orders.
They call upon the government to give war resisters sanctuary and let them stay.