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resources for Canadians [Jan. 31st, 2017|05:32 pm]
Hemlock B. Bootsalotta
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I have now heard about three separate petitions asking Trudeau to rescind or revise the Safe Third Country Agreement. (The Canadian refugee process requires refugees to apply at the country they land in first, if it's listed in the act. The USA is one of those countries.)

On the Parliament petitions site, here.

One is sponsored by the Broadbent Institute here.

And one sponsored by No One Is Illegal here.

I sent an email to Trudeau and cc'd my MP asking them to repeal or revise the act and offer haven to stranded people being denied entry to the US. Somebody mentioned including the Minister of Immigration in that email chain, I didn't do that but maybe I'll send him a separate email when I get home from work tonight. (He might be sympathetic, since he is 1) Muslim 2) a former refugee and 3) born in one of the countries on the ban list. So he probably is banned from entering the US right now himself.) I've heard that calling is better than email, so if I can gather together the spoons at some point this week I'll do that too.

I also went through the list of companies at grabyourwallet.org and notified the ones that I have accounts with that I won't be buying anything from them until they stop doing business with the Trump family.

If I come across anything else I'll post it here. Feel free to add to the list, and share it around.

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[User Picture]From: siobhan63
2017-02-01 11:42 am (UTC)
I would strongly recommend the phone call/letter/email your MP route -- petitions are pointless, and I say this as someone who works for a legislature and who studies this stuff in other legislatures in the country. Petitions in Canadian legislatures don't accomplish anything at all. At best, the MP who tables it in the House gets a stock reply from a gov't department. Petitions from 3rd party sites (e.g. change.org) usually aren't even admissible. Might make people feel good to sign them, but they have zero impact.

Would be worth also contacting the Minister of Global Affairs' office, as well as the PMO.

Edited at 2017-02-01 11:45 am (UTC)
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