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Resolution passed by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 4163

February 3, 2004

Resolved that CUPE 4163 (Educational workers, University of Victoria):

  • Request the Minister of Justice, the Hon. Irwin Cotler, to refuse the US request to extradite John Graham of AIM.
  • Remind the Minister of the false FBI evidence provided to Canada in the 1976 extradition of Anishinabe-metis leader Leonard Peltier, who remains in Leavenworth prison 28 years later.
  • Remind the Minister of the FBI’s use of COINTELPRO and other provocateur and disinformation tactics, against Chilean refugees, black civil rights leaders, the peace movement, and AIM in the years 1970-75, which included false accusations, planted evidence, and (tolerated) assassination.
  • Ask that the Canadian government not hide from its responsibility behind an intergovernmental procedure, but respect the spirit of the rule of law. If Graham must stand trial, as a Canadian citizen he should have a fair trial -- in Canada.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 4163, represents approximately 1300 educational employees at the University of Victoria-TAs, Sessionals, computing staff and language instructors.