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e-2793 (Foreign affairs)

Initiated by Owen Lewis from Strathmore, Alberta

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The new Hong Kong National Security Law is a violation of the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ agreement which guaranteed the preservation of rights and freedoms in Hong Kong until 2047;
  • Hong Kong residents believe in and previously enjoyed such rights as equality before the law, freedom of movement, freedom of conscience and religious belief, freedom of speech, and privacy of communication;
  • These rights are now eliminated or endangered by the new security law imposed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP);
  • Hongkongers deserve to continue living in the relative freedom they have known for decades and to have the same for their children; and
  • As a liberal democracy, Canada is committed on principle to standing up for the rights and freedoms of people around the world, no matter their nationality.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Join other nations such as the United Kingdom, Australia, and Taiwan in opening the doors of our country to Hongkongers wishing to leave the increasingly oppressive conditions created under the new Hong Kong National Security Law;
2. Grant a special dispensation to allow the resettlement of between 500,000 and 1,000,000 Hongkongers not currently Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have been made vulnerable to political persecution by the new law, including streamlining applications and the opening of a logical and non-burdensome pathway for them towards Canadian citizenship;
3. Create and execute a plan to accomplish this by the end of the next decade (i.e. by the end of 2030).
Open for signature
September 15, 2020, at 8:59 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
January 13, 2021, at 8:59 a.m. (EDT)
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Bow River
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