Svend Johannes Robinson
New Democratic Party
Mr. Svend J. Robinson (Burnaby-Kingsway):
Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present a petition signed by residents of Montreal, Quebec City and Rouyn-No-randa.
The petitioners declare: Whereas many Canadians object in conscience to any warlike or military activity, we in no way want to participate in it, given that many Canadians refuse to be obliged to kill or be killed in a conflict which they condemn or deplore;
Whereas some religious groups are already granted the right to conscientious objector status and given, article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the resolution accepted by the United Nations Human Rights Commission on March 8, 1989 on this subject. Whereas the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms recognizes that all Canadians have the right to freedom of opinion, the petitioners ask the Canadian government to pass legislation recognizing the status of conscientious objector for any Canadian who desires it.
Subtopic: RECOGNITION OF STATUS OF CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR