DAVID ORCHARD PRESS RELEASE
March 11, 2003
ORCHARD REPLIES TO MACKAY ON IRAQ
by David Orchard
A leading contender for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative
Party of Canada, M.P. Peter MacKay, has advocated that Canada participate
in an armed attack on Iraq, with or without the sanction of the
United Nations. Such an attack by Canada on Iraq would be a clear
violation of international law, as set out in the Nuremberg Tribunal
rulings, the Geneva Convention and the Charter of the United Nations
itself, which prohibits the use of force by a nation except in self
defence. Self defence requires an armed attack by Iraq to have taken
place or to be demonstrably imminent. Under the rulings of the Nuremberg
Tribunal, a participant in an illegal war is liable for its actions.
An attack by Canada on Iraq would also be a violation of our own
domestic law, as set out in the National Defence Act.
Progressive Conservatives have historically been strong defenders
of international law for both moral and practical reasons. If we
throw away the framework of international law our own sovereignty
is put at risk. The rule of international law is particularly important
to smaller nations, perhaps none more so than Canada with its vast
space and limited means of defence.
Without the rule of international law, it is the rule of the jungle
which prevails. I stand strongly opposed to an attack by Canada
on Iraq unless it occurs in legitimate self defence.
Progressive Conservative Leadership Candidate
Borden, SK Tel (306) 652-7095
For further information, contact:
Rose-Marie Larsson, David Orchard Campaign
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