Thursday, November 5, 2015

U.S. deserters in Canada: will new government mean new policy?

What effect will the new Trudeau government have on the treatment of U.S. military deserters in Canada? This International Business Times report considers the current situation and possible effects. Excerpt:
The topic of U.S. military personnel avoiding war by fleeing to Canada and the murky moral and legal landscape in which they exist is one that gained attention during the Vietnam War era, when Ottawa offered asylum to thousands of Americans trying to elude the military draft. Now, 40 years after the end of that conflict, a small group of U.S. military deserters who escaped while serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts by fleeing to Canada over the last decade have been given fresh hope: Rulings by Canada's previous Conservative government, which sought to send U.S. servicemen home to face severe military punishment, could be overturned by newly sworn-in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party that took power Wednesday.

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