The People Vs. Jason Kenney: Why this Racist should be Deported

I received the following ad for a protest rally in an email from Dave Diewert, my prof of the two-week class i just took at Regent called Solidarity, Resistance, and Liberation: the Way of God in the World. Didn’t make it to the rally today, (I had to write a paper), but that doesn’t mean we can’t still talk about how horrible this man’s policies are!

“I plead guilty. I am a racist” – Jason Kenney, Montreal 2009.

Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney is
known as the Minister of Censorship and Deportation because of his record
as one of the most repressive immigration ministers in Canadian history.
Deportations have increased, while the number of people accepted as
refugees and sponsored family members have drastically dropped. Instead,
Kenney has increased the number of temporary workers who are constantly
exploited for their labour. His new refugee bill creates a racist two tier
system based on nationality, and he has called a wide range of migrants –
from Mexicans to the War Resisters “bogus”. Under his regime, an Eritrean
refugee committed suicide from fear of a pending deportation, and a young
woman was murdered upon her deportation to Mexico.

Kenney is also a staunch supporter of imperialism, stifling anti war
voices such as George Galloway and the Canadian Arab Federation. Kenney’s
neoconservative values are obvious in his comments and actions: pulling
Canada out of the Durban World Conference Against Racism; introducing a
citizenship guide that omits the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans
and queer (LGBTQ) communities; defending Quebec Bill C-94 that
discriminates against women who wear the niqab; and stating that
immigrants are not integrating well into (colonial) Canada.

Join the People’s March Against Jason Kenney on July 24th to demand an END
to censorship of dissenting voices. An END to detentions and deportations.
An END to the exploitation of temporary migrant workers. An END to
military occupations from Afghanistan to Palestine. An END to
discrimination against women, LGBTQ communities, immigrants, and
racialized people.

We are rising out of schools, neighbourhoods, and workplaces to reject
Kenney’s agenda; join this grassroots movement and rise up with us!

The People v. Kenney
Freedom to move
Right to stay, and to Return
We are many.

ENDORSED BY: Alliance for People’s Health, Anti-Poverty Committee,
Association of Chinese Canadians for Equality and Solidarity Society,
Battered Women’s Support Services, Bolivia Solidarity Committee, Boycott
Israeli Apartheid Campaign, Building Bridges Human Rights- Vancouver,
Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights, Canadian Islamic Congress,
Check Your Head, Coalition of South Asian Women Against Violence, Comuna
of the Popular Indigenous Council of Oaxaca, East Van Abolitionists,
Friends of Women in the Middle East Society, Grassroots Women, Indigenous
Action Movement, Industrial Workers of the World, International Federation
of  Iranian Refugees, Iran Solidarity Vancouver, Justice for Girls,
Justice for Migrant Workers, Network of Sri Lankan Law Students, Next Up
Vancouver, Press Release Collective, Progressive Nepali Forum in Americas,
Purple Thistle, Rabble.ca, Radical Art In Nature, Rain Zine, Rhizome Cafe,
Salaam Vancouver, Seattle Vancouver Womyns Action Network, Sikh Activist
Network – BC, Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group, Siraat
Collective, Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights, Solidarity Notes
Choir, South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy, Stopwar.ca,
Streams of Justice, Submedia, TarSandsArt, The Purple Thistle Centre,
Trikone-Vancouver, UBC Centre for Race Autobiography Gender and Age, UBC
Law , Social Justice Action Network, Vancouver Action, Vancouver Catholic
Worker, Vancouver Community Mobilization Network, War Resisters Support
Campaign, Workers Communist Party of Iran, Workless Party.

* TAKE ACTION!

1) Participate in the People’s March Against Kenney by organizing a march
in your city on July 24 and always confront Kenney if he rolls into your
town.

2) Download leaflets and multilingual pamphlets from
http://noii-van.resist.ca/?p=2034 and spread the word.

3) Plan a community forum to raise awareness about the escalating attacks
by Jason Kenney.

4)  Comment on online news stories, send a letter to the Editor, or write
your local MP regarding Kenney. Keep it short: “Minister Kenney is a
racist, anti-immigrant, war-mongering Conservative. The Minister of
Censorship and Deportation has got to go!”

5) Write Kenney at kennej@parl.gc.ca and bmq@cic.gc.ca and tell him what
you think!

* Read more about the People v. Jason Kenney Campaign:
http://noii-van.resist.ca/?p=1027

* For more information, email noii-van@resist.ca or call 778 885 0040

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4 Responses to “The People Vs. Jason Kenney: Why this Racist should be Deported”


  1. 1 pablo July 31, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I think each country has the right to decide its own migration policy, you would be surprised if you knew the migration policies of many of the poor countries listed above.
    I´m not tying to justify this man because racism is wrong but the problem I see, is that he said it, other countries don´t say it but they do it anyway.
    I was surprised with the list above:
    -South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy
    -Justice for Girls
    -Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign
    – East Van Abolitionists
    -An END to discrimination against women, LGBTQ communities.

    Behind the “freedom” or “rights” slogans it seems that anything goes, and is good to distinguish between right and wrong, the Bible is a good guide. Otherwise you can be going with the flow, of the world, that has a different concept of justice than the Bible. I think it´s about growing up.

    • 2 joyforaweek August 14, 2010 at 7:01 am

      I agree with you that Scripture is a good guide for what justice is. It is this book that I base my views – of welcoming the stranger, standing up against the oppression of the weak and marginalized, hearing the cries of the poor, doing to others what I would have done to me, and so on. This is why I believe that our country’s policies are unjust and are based more on what is good for our economy rather than what is good for those who are in desperate need for refuge. Because of the character of God, who is sensitive to the cries of the poor and oppressed, I believe I should also hear the cries of the poor and the oppressed, and stand up against the unjust policies of my country who is NOT hearing the cries. The same way that Martin Luther King Jr did, the same way that Ghandi did, the same way that Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela did.

      If there are other religious and secular groups that also believe in justice, and want to care for the poor and oppressed than I will join them in doing what is right and good. It is a shame that there are not more church and Christian groups on that list. But Christians do not have a corner on the market – other groups can also defend the cries of the needy and I am with them if they do so.

      As for your first paragraph, I think just because other countries have oppressive immigration policies DOES NOT EXCUSE Canada’s behaviour. At all. I believe in standing against injustice no matter where I see it, in the name of Christ who welcomes all and who will judge us based on how we treat the “least of these.” ….”For I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” – Matthew 25

      -Jen

  2. 3 brandy September 7, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I am from the US seeking to immigrate to Canada and the more I read about Jason Kenney, the more I come to the conclusion that he must be the most right-wing politician in Canada. He has a colonialist mindset.

  3. 4 maps.org April 12, 2013 at 9:00 am

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