Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Official NDP position on Emery

Here is the letter that NDP drug policy critic Libby Davies is sending out to those who write the NDP concerning Marc Emery's extradition.

Dear friend,

Thank you for your letter about the possible extraction of Marc Emery, Gregory Keith Williams, and Michelle Rainey-Fenkarek to the United States. The federal NDP opposes the extradition of these 3 Canadians. We believe it is wrong to extradite people for an offence that would not - and in this case, did not - result in them being charged in Canada.

In the U.S. they face a minimum 10-year sentence which could be raised to a life sentence. The federal NDP believes we should not be sending individuals to face harsh punishment in another country when we have agreed as a society their actions are not worthy of prosecution here in Canada. I urge Justice Minister Irwin Cotler to consider Canadian justice in his decision and not be swayed by the laws and practices of the U.S.

This case once again points to the confusing and contradictory nature of the federal Liberal government's marijuana laws. We should recognize that the arrests of these Canadian citizens is more related to political pressure on Canada to cooperate with the U.S. war on drugs than on any harm that has been created by the actions of these individuals.

Thank you again for taking the time to write on this important issue.


Libby Davies MP
NDP Spokesperson for Drug Policy
Vancouver East


Blogger Rev.Nate said...

this sounds like the start of the slippery slope, charging someone of a crime from a land they have not committed a crime in and that they will not be prosecuted in there own land, how safe does that make our troops and people on USA soil who could shipped off to a place you have never been or seen and you might be spending the rest of your life locked in a cage: Marc just let me know what you would like me to do and consider it done. Reverend Nathan Henderson

8:13 AM  
Blogger tag said...

Maybe it is time to change our ways of fighiting the war on drugs, from being passive, to getting more milatint and start fighiting like real warriors. Or wait until those yanky bastards get us first. Time to build the Canadian Cannibis Culture Security Force. This would have to be a none violent group for the protection of our events, members and laws.

9:43 AM  

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