Citizen Action Monitor

Alberta teacher petitions Canada’s Parliament to bar Trump from entering Canada

Joy Gerwien knows Parliament will not bar Trump but wants to send a message.

No 1887 Posted by fw, February 7, 2017

Petition e-813, initiated by Joy Gerwien of Okotoks, Alta. and sponsored by NDP MP Kennedy Stewart, says Canada’s hate speech laws and multicultural character are incompatible with Trump’s order, which ‘unfairly specified Muslims to be banned from entering the United States.’…Gerwien is under no illusions as to what the petition can accomplish. ‘I know that Canada’s parliament will not bar Donald Trump. What we are hoping for however is to let the government know that action is required. I hope that our parliament hears that we still believe in our founding values of a cultural mosaic.’ … In a Facebook post, Gerwien wrote that her empathy towards refugees stems from her family’s experience moving from Ontario to Alberta in 1979, when ‘we were teased mercilessly for our accents and told that we were rats and should die.’”Rahul Kalvapalle, Global News

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The petition was introduced on Jan. 31, 2017, and will remain open for signatures until May 31. As of 2:30 pm EST Feb. 7, 2017, Petition e813 had 5,339 signatures. 500 validated signatures are required before it can be presented in the House of Commons.

To view and sign Petition 2813, click on this link: https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Sign/e-813

Below is a repost of the Global News’ article with added text from the Petitions page on Parliament’s website. Alternatively, read the article on the Global News website by clicking on the following linked title.

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Petition seeks to prohibit Donald Trump from entering Canada until he withdraws travel ban by Rahul Kalvapalle, Global News, February 4, 2017

An Alberta high school teacher has introduced a petition calling upon the Trudeau government to prohibit U.S. President Donald Trump from entering Canada until he withdraws his executive order barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

Petition e-813, initiated by Joy Gerwien of Okotoks, Alta. and sponsored by NDP MP Kennedy Stewart, says Canada’s hate speech laws and multicultural character are incompatible with Trump’s order, which “unfairly specified Muslims to be banned from entering the United States.”

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Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

e-813 https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Sign/e-813

Whereas:

  • Canada is a proudly multicultural nation;
  • Canadians embrace all people regardless of ancestry or religion;
  • It is illegal in Canada to incite hatred against any identifiable group; and
  • President Donald Trump has unfairly specified Muslims to be banned from entering the United States.

We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to prohibit President Donald Trump from entering Canada until he withdraws his Executive Order that prohibits travel from Sudan, Syria, Lybia, Iran, Iraq, Somalia and Yemen because it violates human or international rights.

The petition was introduced on Jan. 31, 2017, and will remain open for signature until May 31.

As of 2:30 pm EST Feb. 7, 2017, Petition e813 had 5339 signatures as follows:

Province / Territory Signatures

Alberta 829
British Columbia 718
Manitoba 176
New Brunswick 79
Newfoundland and Labrador 24
Northwest Territories 8
Nova Scotia 116
Nunavut 8
Ontario 1322
Prince Edward Island 9
Quebec 1879
Saskatchewan 125
Yukon 8
Other Countries 38

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It will need to garner at least 500 validated signatures before it can be presented in the House of Commons.

Gerwien, 48, is under no illusions as to what the petition can accomplish.

“I know that Canada’s parliament will not bar Donald Trump. What we are hoping for however is to let the government know that action is required. I hope that our parliament hears that we still believe in our founding values of a cultural mosaic,” Gerwien told Global News.

She said she’s bothered by the rise of hateful rhetoric in both the U.S. and Canada, which she said her students find “confusing and concerning.”

“There is a groundswell of frustration and fear that is surfacing as anger in our country. I’m seeing a lot of it coming through social media, mainstream media, etc.,” she said.

Gerwien added that many of her American teacher friends thanked her and other Canadians for speaking up on their behalf, “while they live in an environment where they’re afraid to speak out.”

In a Facebook post, Gerwien wrote that her empathy towards refugees stems from her family’s experience moving from Ontario to Alberta in 1979, when “we were teased mercilessly for our accents and told that we were rats and should die.”

Many Canadians have been up in arms over Trump’s travel and immigration ban, with thousands demonstrating outside the U.S. consulate in Toronto on Saturday to pressure the Canadian government to condemn the measure. Anti-Islamophobia rallies were also organized in Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and Calgary.

A federal judge in Washington state blocked the ban on Thursday, but Trump has said that he will look to reinstate it.

SEE ALSO

McGill ‘research-a-thon’ takes aim at Trump travel ban, Feb 4, 2017 — What started out as a law student’s local idea Tuesday has blossomed into a nationwide event involving 22 Canadian law schools…. In the meantime, the 22 participating law schools are hoping they can dig out enough legal flaws with the third safe country rule to have the agreement overturned.

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