A retired United States Army colonel turned anti-war activist was in town yesterday to speak about U.S. war resisters and the historic vote taking place at the House of Commons tomorrow.


Col. Ann Wright, who resigned from her position under then-U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell the day before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, spoke about her reasons for doing so.


“He conducted himself in a way that is harmful for U.S. national security as well as international security by not saying ... the war on Iraq was based on false information.”


Tomorrow, Canada’s parliament will vote on a motion to allow U.S. war resisters to remain in Canada. It is the first of its kind and will determine the fate of Corey Glass, a former sergeant in the national guard in Los Angeles, Calif., who claimed refugee status in Toronto. The Canadian government is currently planning on deporting him on June 12.


“The vote in the Canadian parliament about whether or not war resisters can stay is really monumental,” said Wright. “It’s important not just for the individuals who will be affected by it, but also on another level for the conscience of Canada.”

Sarah Bjorknas, Vancouver co-ordinator for the War Resisters Support Campaign, said that while resisters have different circumstances, “the underlying issue is the legalities of people making the moral choice” not to participate in the war.