Thursday, December 14, 2006

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At the Canadian Peace Alliance Convention held in Ottawa delegates from all over the country agreed to a few specific actions over the next few months. Groups are organizing teach-ins to coincide with the new deployment of Canadain soldiers to Afghanistan in February and are working on federal election, outreach, media and resource working groups to make the most of our collective strength. We are asking people who may be interested in being involved in any of these working groups to please contact us at

Delegates unanimously agreed to support the international Day of action on the 4th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. In Canada we will also of course be focussing on Canada's war in Afghanistan as well as the continuing violence in Iraq. The simillarities are striking. In fact, Canada is engaging the people of Afghanistan in a "counter-insurgency" campaign based on the Iraq model. Once again we will march to put an end to this violence.

This is the resolution that was passed. Keep checking out the CPA website for more convention reports which will be available soon.

Resolution on the March 17th, 2007 Day of action

Whereas, the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan continue to cause great suffering for the people of those countries with violence increasing daily;

Whereas, the Canadian Peace Alliance opposed the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan and helped to mobilize the people of Canada and Quebec to march against the invasions;

Whereas, the position of the CPA is that the invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan are part of a broader campaign, led by the United States government and transnational oil corporations, to assert control over the Middle East region;

Whereas the Canadian mission in Afghanistan under U.S. command is to prop up the Government of Hamid Karzai, a U.S.- appointed former oil executive and his warlord supporters;

Whereas the primary goal of the mission is to secure by force, a Trans-Afghan oil pipeline corridor from the Caspian Sea through southern Afghanistan and Pakistan to North American markets;

Whereas Prime Minister Harper’s decision to escalate Canadian military participation in Afghanistan is counter to its traditional peace keeping humanitarian role, resulting in a rise in Canadian casualties;

Whereas, March 17th 2007 marks the 4th anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Iraq;

Therefore be it resolved that the Canadian Peace Alliance call for a pan-Canadian day of action against the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan for Saturday March 17 2007 and urge all member groups and partners to participate in that day of action;

Be it further resolved that the CPA continue to pressure the government of Canada to immediately withdraw Canadian troops from Afghanistan;

Be it further resolved that the CPA continue to pressure the government of Canada to call for an immediate end to the occupation of Iraq


Sid Lacombe
Canadian Peace Alliance
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