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Op-Ed: Canadian senators, please vote against Bill C-6Iranian human rights advocate Shabnam Assadollahi shares with JOL readers the letter she sent to Canadian senators in an attempt to persuade them to vote against Bill C-6.
When a landed immigrant has the privilege of becoming a Canadian citizen, he or she takes an oath that says: “I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen.”
So when Iranian born Canadian citizen Hiva Mohammad Alizadeh and Jordanian born Canadian citizen Zakaria Amara become the enemy by preparing to mass murder Canadians; shatter our sense of safety and security and forever change our country, surely they must be stripped of that privilege. Because if not, how do we separate upstanding, law-abiding, tax-paying, ordinary citizens from criminals and Jihadist terrorists?
Canadian citizenship is a privilege, not a right, and not something to be handed out to convicted jihadists by Canada. As a privileged Canadian citizen of Iranian origin who was imprisoned by the Islamic Republic of Iran at age 16 for believing in secularism and democracy, I do not wish to be associated with the same people who tortured me, imprisoned me for 18 months and took away my teens and destroyed my parents life.
I do not wish to be lumped in with such people who are not prepared to integrate and embrace our values and all that this great country stands for. I am not prepared to continually have to fight against the implementation of Sharia law; I am resentful of those new citizens who do not have respect for democracy and cannot accept secularism; I am offended that my taxes are not looking after most in need—our veterans; our seniors, our aboriginals, our disabled, our homeless and those with mental issues and above all, I am outraged from being labelled a racist because I stand for freedom, equality, justice and democracy.
I implore you to do everything possible in your power to convince the Senate to vote against this disastrous Bill C-6. The consequences if this bill passes are dire.
Human Rights Activist, Freelance journalist
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