Pubdate: Fri, 13 Oct 2000
Date: 10/13/2000
Source: Ottawa Citizen (CN ON)
Author: Gisela Bublitz
Authors: Gisela Bublitz

If the extradition of Renee Boje is carried out, our government should
not be surprised if Canadians across the country join in a protest and
use the first opportunity to defeat a government that acts like a
slave of the United States and disregards principles it has openly and
loudly upheld for decades: the principles essential for a truly free,
democratic country.

We in Canada should not condone, or act as if we would condone, the
U.S. for using their War on Drugs, which was described by Dan Gardner
in earlier articles in the Citizen, as justification for trampling on
human rights and treating its citizens in the same brutal manner as
other countries have done in the past and are still too often doing
now. These types of regimes and political systems have been condemned
by us and the U.S. as being oppressive and anti-democratic.

Let's hope the Canadian government will have the courage to make a
decision in line with our Canadian tradition to protect those who are
worthy of protection but who cannot protect themselves.

Gisela Bublitz,

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