Opinion: Iraq War Resisters Should Be Allowed to Stay in Canada
CBC Radio, The 180
Some may call them cowardly military deserters. Others may call them brave war resisters.
Starting in 2004, an estimated 200 to 300 American soldiers fled the Iraq War and came to Canada seeking refuge.
About 45 of them sought refugee protection here, as conscientious objectors, but the Canadian government has been actively trying to deport them back to the U.S. to face trial, under a directive called Operational Bulletin 202, put in place by the previous Conservative government.
Today, about 15 remain in Canada, with their cases working their way through the federal court system.
Craig Scott argues the resisters should be allowed to stay, especially since many in the international community have condemned the Iraq war as illegal.
Scott, Craig. Interview with Stephen Quinn. "Opinion: Iraq War Resisters Should Be Allowed to Stay in Canada." The 180 with Jim Brown: CBC Radio. August 12 2016.