Letter to the people of Surrey on George W. Bush's visit
Bev Collins, a political researcher, writer, speaker, and former federal candidate from Prince George, sent in the following open letter on George W. Bush's scheduled visit to Surrey:
To the people of Surrey:
It’s election time again, and all the candidates are out, putting their best face forward in order to try and gain your votes so that they can return to power.
Before you cast your vote, please know your decision can make a huge difference in your future.
I won’t try and discuss all the local issues that I am sure you are facing, as our city has many of these same issues, but there is one issue I feel is critical to talk with you about, and that is why your beautiful city would allow a war criminal in, to speak at your Economic Summit. Before you dismiss this concern, please give us the time to prove our case in showing you and sharing with you enough evidence to prove that George W. Bush is a war criminal and as such must be barred under Canadian law, or if allowed into Canada, must be arrested and prosecuted for these crimes.
Canada has become a signatory to many international war crimes and crimes against humanity laws, including the Convention against Torture, and it is our obligation to deny safe haven from prosecution in Canada for all foreign nationals credibly accused of torture or other war crimes. The first legal duty is to deny entry to a suspect. If the suspect-in this case George W. Bush enters Canada the legal duty is then to ensure that he is prosecuted or extradited elsewhere for prosecution.
The fact that your Mayor and it appears your City Council would invite a person known to have been involved in torture and other international crimes into your town, your own back yard should be unacceptable to you the voter. The evidence that Bush as President of the US authorized, directed and failed to prevent the widespread use of torture is overwhelming. Numerous tribunals and legal organizations around the world have concluded that the Iraq war was illegal. Criminal complaints for extraordinary rendition against Bush and other Bush admin officials have been filed with International Criminal Court.
The students and faculty at the Tynedale University in Toronto prevented Bush from speaking at their conference by forcing the cancellation due to opposition. Days later, the main stream press finally disclosed that George Bush had got into Canada and had spoken at a corporate CEO meeting instead.
The Prime Minister, the Attorney General of Canada and the Minister of Immigration have been notified that they are under legal obligation to prevent the entry of George Bush into Canada.
The Mayor and Council of your City have been duly notified of the legal obligations of their positions, and they have continued to ignore this legal advice. Aiding and abetting a war criminal will probably not look to good on their campaign flyers.
I wish you the best Surrey!