Defending Canadians Abroad

On Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 in Get Involved

Defending Canadians AbroadCanadians faithfully pay taxes to our government and expect it to uphold its duty to defend the rights of Canadian citizens in foreign countries. However, an increasing number of Canadian citizens are being held captive by authorities, and often tortured in foreign countries, with little or no aid from the Government of Canada.

Currently, the Government of Canada does not have a comprehensive policy to defend the rights of Canadian citizens abroad. The abandonment of Canadians abroad diminishes the value of a Canadian passport, thereby compromising the safety of all Canadian citizens travelling internationally.

Help Elizabeth protect Canadians abroad! Sign below or download this petition, have as many people as possible to sign it, and mail it – postage free – to either her Ottawa or Sidney offices. With as few as 25 signatures, Elizabeth can present your petition to the government in the House of Commons.

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111 people have signed this petition. Add your voice to the growing number of Canadians speaking out about this issue.

Your petitioners call upon the Government of Canada to assume its responsibilities to vigorously defend the rights of all Canadian citizens in entanglements with authorities abroad, to develop a comprehensive policy to do so, and to protect the value of the Canadian passport for us all.

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  • PatG

    Stay at home Canadians (or those whose only trips “abroad” are short day-trips or weekend trips to the US to gamble or shop) have no idea what their tax dollars are doing in foreign countries. We pay for these CIVIL SERVANTS – I’m not talking about the high level diplomats here – to live in “well-appointed” detached homes, (almost always with servants to clean and garden) and to have “Canadian” foods imported half way around the world, monthly, to their locales (so they never have to shop in the local shops or eat the local food). They go to work and do the same administrative type of work, (e.g. processing passport applications and applications for immigration to Canada) that their “less fancy” co-workers do at home in Canada and spend their leisure time hob-nobbing with CEOs and diplomats. When a Canadian visiting that country is in trouble and asks for help they bluntly and baldly tell him/her that they are not there to help citizens; their function is to facilitate business and promptly see you out of the embassy without help of any kind. They will tell you that in the case of a mass evacuation in the face of a severe emergency, if you have registered at the front desk, then they “may” get you a seat on a plane out of the country, but that is the only assistance they offer. They are usually quite rude and “full of themselves” and treat ordinary Canadians with disrespect. And if you have problems with the law enforcement abroad they won’t help at all, unless your relatives at home start a fuss in local Canadian newspapers. Abroad, it is as if you have no rights whatsoever. So, Elizabeth’s petition is the only attempt I have seen to redress this deplorable state of affairs; ordinary Canadians deserve more respect, more service and more help for their tax dollars.

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