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Canadian Governor General's Office: Revoke Queen's Diamond Jubilee from Convicted Criminals
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Governor General of Canada
David Johnson

Canadian Governor General's Office: Revoke Queen's Diamond Jubilee from Convicted Criminals

    1. Sarah Jane Saska
    2. Petition by

      Sarah Jane Saska

      Toronto, Canada

On Wednesday (Oct 31), Linda Gibbons, who was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal last week, was arrested yet again for violating the safety of Canadian women -- further proof that that this woman should not have received a medal representing the Queen, and awarded for contribution to Canada.

Last week, there was uproar after Linda Gibbons and Mary Wagner, both convicted criminals, were awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals by MP Maurice Vellacott. Both women are anti-choice protesters who have repeatedly and deliberately violated Ontario court injunctions that ban protesters from harassing women as they enter an abortion clinic. 

This isn’t about being pro or anti-choice, it’s about the fact that these women’s illegal actions have inflicted harm on women patients and staff at clinics, as evidenced by court cases in Ontario and BC that found that protesters outside clinics violate the privacy and dignity of patients, and put the health and safety of patients and staff at risk. (Ontario Attorney General v. Dieleman 1994, and R.v. Lewis 1996)

Both women have been in and out of jail for years, showing no remorse for their actions, respect for the rule of law, or for women’s rights and health in Canada. Mary Wagner is currently being held at the prison for women at Milton, Ontario, Canada and Linda Gibbons was just arrested again.

Awarding the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to two convicted criminals is not only an embarrassment to the Governor General’s office, the Government of Canada, and even the Queen, but most importantly, it supports a dangerous standard for the rights of women, as it fails to protect the privacy, dignity, health and safety of Canadian women.

We urge you to sign this position to retract the two medals awarded to Linda Gibbons and Mary Wagner. 

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    • Dwight Druick KINGSTON, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I need consistency in my government. Not leniency for convicted felons who espouse hate-filled agendas against our community members. Really! Get a grip.

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    • Lawrence Buser COMOX, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      If these were environmentalists fighting to protect us from the devastating impact of the Conservative/Harper anti-environment agenda, I expect they would loose their award. But if you protest something Harper supports, it seems it is okay to break the law and keep your award.

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    • Margaret Machum HALIFAX, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Women should have the choice to decide to carry a child or not. They do not need harassment at this emotional time.

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    • Barbara Cochran SECHELT, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is important that patients be allowed dignified access to the health care that they are legally entitled to.

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    • Jean MacIntyre EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is inappropriate to honor those who engage in violence for any kind of cause, and in particular those whose violence attempts to deny a legal right to others.

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