The activists in the dimly lit Steelworkers Hall on Toronto’s Cecil St. remind each other why they are fighting to keep Joshua Key and other war resisters in Canada, although they say the passage of time may have dimmed the memory for others.
It’s been more than a decade since U.S. soldiers began to trickle across the border and declare themselves conscientious objectors to the war in Iraq, which was called an absolute “error” by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2008.
It’s been so long in fact, that Key tells the group he has to educate university students about the war — supporters like those from the student union at the University of Winnipeg, in the city where he now lives — because they were children when it started.
They were volunteers not draftees. End of story.