March to Parliament Hill One of 15 Across Canada
For Immediate Release: 12:01am, Saturday, October 18, 2008
Ottawa – On October 18, Ottawa will join cities across Canada in protest against the continued war in Afghanistan. October 18 events are also planned for Calgary, Edmonton, Fredericton, Guelph, Grand Forks, London, Midland, Mississauga, Montreal, Ottawa, St John’s, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Windsor, and Winnipeg.
For October 18 in Ottawa, people will begin gathering at 1pm at Tabaret Lawn (Cumberland and Laurier, at the University of Ottawa), and then march to Parliament Hill.
“The Canadian electoral system has failed to register the will of the the people who, in their majority, want to see an end to the war in Afghanistan,” says Dylan Penner, an organizer with the Ottawa Peace Assembly, the national capital’s city-wide anti-war coalition. “In this time of economic crisis, there is even less justification for this unjust and unwinnable war to continue. If it’s wrong in 2011, it’s wrong now.”
The Harper Government has not only committed Canada to be in Afghanistan until 2011 – longer than WWI or WWII – it is presently spending over $50 million every day on the military and is pushing for massive increases in military spending – as much as $490 billion over the next 20 years.
All this comes amid a crisis in Afghanistan where civilian deaths are at the highest levels since the invasion of 2001. There is also a renewed offensive by the resistance movements which will likely result in more air strikes and civilian deaths.
The argument from Stephen Harper that Canada’s role is to help build the Afghan armed forces is also crumbling as defections from the Afghan army are on the rise. The war is lost for the West. The only question that remains is how many more innocent people will be killed. The Ottawa Peace Assembly, along with organizations across Canada will be in the streets to say: not one more death, not one more dollar, not one more lie, bring the troops home now.
For further details on the protests in other cities, visit www.acp-cpa.ca for the Canadian Peace Alliance’s event listings.