Copy of my letter to the parliamentary Committee.
From: Patsy (name and email removed by Administrator)
Sent: April 17, 2010 3:33:09 PM
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To: Mr. Sorenson (Chair), Mr. Wilfert (Vice Chair), Committee Members:
I have watched with incredulous dismay the recent testimony provided to your committee by a former Afghan Translator.
I recognize the fact that your committee must have onerous submissions to sort through and deal with, however I humbly request that you give at least a minimal amount of consideration to my observations on this issue. I will try to be brief.
The testimony of this man should be looked at in the context of his position here in Canada. I am assuming that he (and his family) was brought to Canada under an initiative announced last year by our Government to bring Afghan Translators and their families to Canada as a reward for their service to us in Afghanistan. Under this initiative, he has been provided with resettlement allowances, housing allowances, retraining allowances, etc. in order that he and his family be rewarded and comfortable here. Because of this, his whereabouts must have been common knowledge and he must have been easy to contact by both of the opposition parties who are doing their best to find some sort of shocking testimony or revelation or accusation to make political points. It does not seem to matter that these accusations are second hand or unsubstantiated. This witness told C.B.C. that if issued a Visa that he would return to Afghanistan and bring back witnesses and proof. Excuse me?? Did we not bring this person to Canada because of fear of retribution by his fellow Afghanistans for helping the N.A.T.O forces? If he is issued a Visa to return would his life not be at risk? Should the Committee sanction or even not oppose the issuance of such a return visit, I would think that it would be akin to returning him to his fellow Afghans to perhaps be subject to some abuse or torture. So…there is just no way that this witness’s testimony can be corraborated or proven or backed up by anyone. I suggest that he knows this.
The incidence he testified to occurred in 2007. In the year 2007, thirty of our troops were killed in Afghanistan. I would respectfully remind the Committee members that the incident the Translator is referring to occurred in the fog of war. In a war zone…where a
mere 2500 Canadian troops were attempting to deal with a brutal and lawless enemy: the Taliban. It happened in Kandahar where the U.S. is presently in the process of sending forty thousand troops to deal with the Taliban threat there.
So….he overheard something after the fact. . . how long after? From whom?
I respectfully urge your committee and it’s members to avoid prejudiced testimony and to demand that should a person appear before you that their testimony be subject to proof and not be heresay.
I respectfully remind the members of your Committee that we still have Canadian soldiers and Airforce and Navy personell in Afghanistan and it is my humble opinion that their presence could be compromised and their morale seriously hampered by the priority and status that you are providing to unfounded, frivolous, and likely politically motivated accusations.
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St. Catharines, On