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IT IS A WIN! - for now | This is justice? | The man Ottawa won't leave alone | HOW YOU CAN MAKE OUR WIN STICK
E-POSHTA Juin 25, 2002
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TopIT IS A WIN! - for now

As Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Denis Codere said: I have received enough mail, faxes and phone calls so that I feel I can probably speak Ukrainian.

We have accomplished the immediate goal of stopping the government from revoking Wasyl Odynsky's citizenship - for now. The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Denis Codere decided that, contrary to the agenda, his proposed revocation of Mr. Odynsky's citizenship would not be on the table for discussion by the Special Committee of Council - this past Wednesday June 19. This change of plan by him was due to the profound response by so many of you - an offensive which forced the politicians to reconsider the issue. It has demonstrated that we can make a difference when so many of us work in tandem.

Minister Coderre's stated intention "to be fair" in a future evaluation of his recommendation regarding Mr. Odynsky's citizenship status, does not end the matter for Wasyl Odynsky. Although gratifed that he is still a Canadia citizen and therefore his citizenship still prevents him from being deported, Mr. Odynsky lives with the daily question of whether his citizenship will be usurped. After almost 5 years of having this Damocles sword hanging over him, it is incumbent upon the government to expeditiously declare that Mr. Odynsky should not be denaturalized nor deported - as justice would obligate.

Until that transpires, Mr. Odynsky and Canadian justice will be held hostage to the way the political winds blow:

  1. Even if Minister Coderre personally comes to the just conclusion, there is still the concern that the Minister not table this indefinitely. This could evolve into the despicable scenario whereby we would find ourselves with a new minister and have to start our campaign for justice all over again - for the fourth time, with the fourth Minister (since the government imposed this ordeal on Mr. Odynsky').
  2. There will also be significant pressure from more than one soruce on the politicians to make this case the first major win for the War Crimes Unit. In the need to justify this process as well as its expense to the taxpayer, the decision by the Special Committee of Council to revoke Mr. Odynsky 's citizenship, may be taken some time hence - when we have become less vigilant.
Therefore, we need to build on what we worked so hard to achieve to date.

Let us NOW convert the temporary win into a permanent one - for all of us. As has just been proven, you can make it happen. We need to keep the emails, the faxes, the phone calls flowing.
TopThis is justice?

Toronto Sun | June 14, 2002
It is wrong to strip an old man of his citizenship without appeal

Last year, around this time, in several articles I scolded then-immigration minister Elinor Caplan for her determination to deport 78-year-old Ukrainian-born Wasyl Odynsky, who's lived in Canada since 1949, raised a family and is a productive citizen with an unsullied reputation.

The case against Odynsky - conscripted by the Nazis at age 19 on pain of death and/or reprisals to his family- is so tenuous, vindictive and unjust it should be dismissed out of hand. Yet last month Odynsky got official notice the federal cabinet is considering the recommendation he be stripped of Canadian citizenship and forcibly deported.

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TopThe man Ottawa won't leave alone

The Globe and Mail | Monday, June 10, 2002 | p. A3
The man Ottawa won't leave alone
Justice Reporter

On the first anniversary of a judicial ruling finding no evidence to link him to Nazi war crimes, Wasyl Odynsky dared to think the government might actually have lost interest in him.

Big mistake. Just a few weeks later -- early last month -- Mr. Odynsky got the letter he had been dreading. The federal cabinet would consider a Citizenship and Immigration proposal to strip the 78-year-old man of his Canadian citizenship.

"After 50 years, how can they do such a thing to an old person?" Mr. Odynsky said in his first interview since being accused in 1997 of concealing a Nazi past.

"I am completely innocent," Mr. Odynsky said, sitting stiffly in his daughter's Etobicoke living room alongside his wife Maria. "I never expected my own government would say that I came here illegally. How can they do this to an innocent person?"

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1. Phone your Member of Parliament at your riding office where she/he will be Friday and probably Saturday and possibly Monday and say:
To find out who your MP is and their addresses, you just have to type in your postal code on this site: http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/ people/house/PostalCode.asp?Source=SM

  1. You are strongly opposed to the denaturalization of Wasyl Odynsky - a decision that you understand is being reviewed by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Denis Coderre.
  2. You are gravely concerned that this government would consider such a travesty of justice - the possible denaturalization and deportation of Wasyl Odynsky. After almost 5 years of having this Damocles sword hanging over him, it is incumbent upon the government to expeditiously declare that Mr. Odynsky should not be denaturalized nor deported - as justice would obligate. Until that transpires, Mr. Odynsky and Canadian justice will be held hostage to the way the political winds blow.
  3. You would like her/him to raise this issue in the next caucus meeting and with Mr. Coderre. You may wish to say that you will be following up with her/him next week. If your MP (having been out of the country ) does not know what the issue is about, tell her/him that you can e-mail, fax or deliver the Globe and Mail June 10 article which will provide them with a quick review of the issue.
    Attached is the article by Kirk Makin: The man Ottawa won't leave alone along with a published response letters. For a statement of the main arguments on the issue, please click here. Another source of material is http://www.ucc.ca/Section_5/ canadas_war_crimes_program_-_lesson_learned/ yyy
2. Fax a copy of your letter to the list provided below (The Cabinet Special Committee of Council - updated). Please note: In some cases there are 2 fax numbers for a member. Please fax to both numbers If you absolutely do not have access to a fax, then e-mail the letter/article. Just block and paste the addresses from this list: http://www.niagara.com/~blacksea/email.html. (Set your e-mail address section to 'BCC' before you block, copy and paste).

3. Call the executive assistant or policy advisor of the Cabinet Minister to confirm that the fax has been received and that it will be communicated to the minister. It is important to clarify that you are making a different point than the letters they have received on this issue last week.

4. Fax your letter to each Parliamentary Secretary (indicated on the list) asking them specifically to raise the subject matter with their respective Cabinet Minister. When you call to follow-up your letter you could ask:: Did you receive my fax/e-mail? Will you be able to raise this subject matter with your Minister ....?

5. Follow the same procedure with the rest of the Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament.

Please note that the following are ex-officio members of the Special Committee of Council:
  1. the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance - The Hon. John Manley
  2. the President of the Treasury Board – The Hon. Lucienne Robillard
P/A - Policy Adviser
E/A - Executive Assistant
A/S - Agenda or Schedule Secretary
C/A - Communications Assistant

The Cabinet Special Committee of Council
CHAIR: The Hon. Don Boudria
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Room 435-S, Centre Block
Tel: 613-996-2907
Fax: 613-996-9123

P/A: Jerry Yanover
E/A: Jean Cintrat
A/S: Jacinthe Cardinal
Parliamentary Secretary: Mr. Geoff Regan, MP
Tel: 613-996-3085
Fax: 613-996-6988
VICE-CHAIR: The Hon. Martin Cauchon
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Room 314, West block Building
Tel: 613-995-7691
Fax: 613-995-0114

E/A: Joachin Normand
C/A: Suzanne Thebarge
Tel: 613-992-4621
Fax: 613-990-7255
Parliamentary Secretary: Mr. Paul Macklin, MP
Tel: 613-992-8585
Fax: 613-995-7536
MEMBERS:             The Hon. John Manley
Deputy Prime Minister,
Minister of Finance and Minister of Infrastructure

Room 418N, Centre Block Building
Tel: 613-992-3269
Fax: 613-995-1534

Special Asistant: Tel Matrundola
Fax: 613-952-4960
P/A: Tony Macerollo
E/A: Mary Helen
A/S: Mr. Mathiev
C/A: Jennifer Sloan
Tel: 613-992-3269
Fax: 613-995-1534
Parliamentary Secretary (Finance): Mr. Byron Wilfert, MP
Tel: 613-992-3082
Fax: 613-996-1954
Parliamentary Secretary (Prime Minister The Right Hon, Jean Chretien):
Mr. Joe Jordan, MP
Tel: 613-992-8756
Fax: 613-996-9171
The Hon. Lucienne Robillard
The President of the Treasury Board and responsible for Crown Corporations

Room 107, Confederation Building
Tel: 613-996-7267
Fax: 613-995-8632

E/A: Yves Lemire
C/A: Daniel Grenier
Special Policy Advisor: Jose Reid
Tel: 613-957-2666
Fax: 613-990-2806
Parliamentary Secretary: Mr. Alex Shepherd, MP
Tel: 613-996-4984
Fax: 613-996-4986

The Hon. Lyle Vanclief
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Room 207, Confederation Building
Tel: 613-992-5321
Fax: 613-996-8652

E/A: Christine Donoghue
C/A: Vern Greenshields
A/S: Celia Boxer
P/A: Madeleine Hamelin
Tel: 613-759-1059
Fax: 613-759-1081
Parliamentary Secretary: Mr. Larry McCormick, MP
Tel: 613-992-3640
Fax: 613-992-3642
The Hon. Herb Dhaliwal
Minister of Natural Resources

Room 121, East Block Building
Tel: 819-997-5421
Fax: 819-953-1908

P/A: Lou McGuire
E/A: Kevin Fram
A/S: Karena Moreau
C/A: Heather Bala
Tel: 613-996-2007
Fax: 613-996-4516
Parliamentary Secretary: Mr. Benoit Serre, MP
Tel: 613-992-2792
Fax: 613-992-2794
The Hon. Robert Nault
Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

Room 407, West Block Building
Tel: 613-996-1161
Fax: 613-996-1759

E/A: Mark Quinn
C/A: Alastair Mullin
A/S: Donald Mcsarling
Senior Policy Advisor: Raylene Johnston
Tel: 613-997-0002
Fax: 613-953-4941
Parliamentary Secretary: Mr John Finlay, MP
Tel: 613-995-4432
Fax: 613-995-4433
The Hon. Denis Coderre
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Room 648D, Centre Block Building
Tel: 613-995-6108
Fax: 613-995-9755

E/A: Patrick Doyon
C/A: Mr. Rene Mercier
L/A: Daniel Desfosses
Tel: 613-954-1064
Fax: 613-957-2688
Parliamentary Secretary: Mr. Mark Assad, MP
Tel: 613-992-4351
Fax: 613-992-1037
The Hon. Senator Carstairs
Leader of the Government in the Senate

271-S, Centre Block Building
Tel: 613-947-7123
Fax: 613-947-7125
E-mail: [email protected]

E/A: Michelle McDonald
C/A: Stephanie Craig
Senior Policy Advisor: Deborah Palumbo
(same phone and fax numbers as listed above)
The Hon. Robert Thibault
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Room 549D, Centre Block Building
Tel: 613-995-5711
Fax: 613-996-9857

P/A: Kirk Cox
E/A: Duncan Hills
A/S: Sylvil Labelle
Tel: 613-992-3474
Fax: 613-990-7292
Parliamentary Secretary: Mr. Geroges Farrah, MP
Tel: 613-992-6188
Fax: 613-992-6194

NON-MEMBER: The Right Hon. Jean Chretien
Prime Minister of Canada

Langevin Block
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A2

Tel: 613-992-4211
Fax: 613-941-6900
Ministers Regional Officer: Tenio Evangelista
Tel: 613-957-5562
Fax: 613-957-5563
Toronto Office: Tel: 416-973-6509 Fax: 416-973-6501
Policy and Research: Paul Jenne
Tel: 613-957-5566
Fax: 613-957-5514
Personal Advisor: The Hon. Mitchell Sharp
Tel: 613-957-5662
Fax: 613-957-5744
Chief of Staff: Percy Downe
Tel: 613-957-5517
Fax: 613-957-5579
E/A to the Chief of Staff: Catherine Addison
(same telephone & fax numbers as for chief of Staff)
Special Policy Advisor: Johanne Senecal
Tel: 613-957-5517
Special Policy Advisor: Raj Chahal
Tel: 613-957-5551
PMO's Office: Fax: 613-995-0101 Fax: 613-995-0327
The Hon. Ralph Goodale
Minister of Public Works and Government Services,
Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board,
Federal Inerlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians

Room 407, Confederation Building
Tel: 613-996-2007
Fax: 613-992-5098

E/A: Dan Seekings
C/A: John Embury
Senior Policy Advisor: Gerry Yanover
Tel: 613-952-4930
Fax: 613-952-4940
Parliamentary Secretary: Mr. Paul Szabo, MP
Room 175, Confederation Building
Tel: 613-992-48484
Fax: 613-996-3267
Mr. Joe Fontana, MP
Chair, House of Commons Committee on Citizenship and Immigration

Room 334, West Block Building
Tel: 613-992-0805
Fax: 613-992-9613
Senator Tommy Banks

Tel: 613-995-1889
Fax: 613-995-1889
Special Advisor to Caucus: Mr. Hector Colotier

Tel: 613-957-5547
Fax: 613-957-5660

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