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OPEN LETTER CALLING ON THE HOUSE OF COMMONS TO SUPPORT BILL C‑323

    1. Petition by

      Raul Burbano

      toronto, Canada

Walking the Talk: Human Rights Abroad    

Dear friends,  There continue to be concerns about the behaviour of some Canadian corporations abroad.  Canada must make the changes that would help ensure that our legal institutions and system are able to  protect from impunity not just Canadians, but also citizens living abroad when they are victims of human, environmental or labour rights violations by Canadian individuals or corporations.  Canada’s federal government has failed to do so.  

I have reintroduced Bill C-323 (formerly Bill C-354) in the hope that we will continue to work together to raise awareness and increase the pressure on the Conservative government to take the bold steps Bill C-323 proposes.    There are companies that do conduct their business in a socially responsible manner. However, there are others that have no regard for human, environmental or labour rights.

Currently, these rights are subject to few concrete or effective enforcement mechanisms. As a result, there is an urgent need to create an enforceable legal mechanism to remedy egregious violations of international human rights.  

  Sadly, even modest legislative proposals to bring to account corporate impunity have been rejected by successive federal governments. I believe that my Bill C-323 (The International Protection & Promotion of Human Rights Act) would fill this need for the victims of international human rights violations when no forum is available to them in the country where the violations are taking place.   As you may know, Bill C-323 would provide international communities with the option to pursue legal recourse in Canadian federal courts, which would include clear violations of international human and environmental rights such as: degrading treatment, arbitrary arrest, kidnapping, infliction of emotional distress, genocide, war crimes, extrajudicial killing, slavery, torture and unlawful detention.   C-323 would create a new civil cause of action that would allow the Federal Courts to hear and decide claims for violations of international law that occur outside of Canada. Specifically, the legislation would allow non-citizens to sue Canadians and Canadian corporations for gross violations of basic human, environmental or labour rights when they are committed outside of Canada.    

In keeping with our common goals, I look forward to continuing the good work we have undertaken together in previous parliaments. Together we can bring about these positive changes to help Canada progress and lead, at home and abroad, in the field of human rights and environmental sustainability. 

Peter Julian, MP Burnaby-New Westminster  

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    • Amanda Stewart HAMILTON, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      I am sick and tired of these corporations committing murder, land theft and environmental destruction and making Canada known as the 'new conquistadors' abroad. They are ruining our image and everything Canada USED to stand for!

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    • Francis Bueckert OTTAWA, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Canadian Corporations need to be accountable abroad.

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    • Kristen Hamley PETERBOROUGH, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because I don't want Canadian companies to continue operating with impunity abroad - I believe that if our country believes in human rights, we need to allow people to defend those rights in our court system.

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    • Natalie Guttormsson PETERBOROUGH, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      On a moral level the Canadian government needs to keep the mining industry in line with international agreements our nation has signed onto to respect dignity of life, free prior informed consent, and both human and environmental rights. The reputation of the Canadian mining industry abroad is appalling. It's time the Canadian government steps up and governs the industry.

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    • lynne wheeler FANNY BAY, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Canadian mining companies are poisoning drinking water and violating human rights abroad with impunity. They are giving Canadians a bad name internationally and should be held accountable. Indigenous people from all over South America have pleaded with Canadians to pass legislation which will protect them from these irresponsible companies.

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