To Stand on Guard for Thee

 The Harper government announced on February 8th a brand new award, to honour individuals and groups in Canada and around the world who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in defending human rights and freedoms. They call it the John Diefenbaker Defender of Human Rights and Freedom Award.


 Mr. Harper is not in any position whatsoever to hand out 'Human Rights' awards.  Just over a week ago his government denied a three-year old baby citizenship in Canada only because of gender.  In doing so Mr. Harper knowingly violated three UN Conventions on Human Rights and the Supreme Court of Canada- not once, but in two separate decisions- Benner vs. Canada, 1997 and Leong Ba Chai vs. the Queen, 1954.  In the former, the court said that discriminating against women in citizenship law was illegal. In the latter it was ruled that born-out of wedlock children, if their parents subsequently marry, were legitimized.

But today, several War Bride children who have lived in Canada since the end of WWII are being denied citizenship because Mr. Harper's government has declared them "bastards," and hence this Conservative government has deemed them unworthy.

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