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e-4657 (Foreign affairs)

Initiated by Amir Epstein from Maple, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Hamas is designated as a terrorist organization in Canada under the Criminal Code, specifically listed as a terrorist entity in the "Regulations Establishing a List of Entities" pursuant to section 83.05 of the Criminal Code;
  • On October 7, 2023, armed members of the terrorist organization Hamas invaded southern Israel and violently abducted over 200 hostages including a Canadian citizen, leaving a further 1400 dead; and
  • The Canadian government must not only condemn hostage-taking but also take active steps in accordance with international law and treaties to secure the immediate release of all hostages taken by terrorist group Hamas, including the Canadian citizen.
We, the undersigned, Citizens and Residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada
1. To unequivocally condemn hostage-taking and take active steps, in accordance with international law and treaties;
2. To secure the immediate release of all hostages, including the Canadian citizen. It is imperative to make it clear that this demand is non-negotiable; and
3. Until all hostages are released unharmed, financial transactions with Iran and Gaza must cease, in order to send a strong message that Canada will not tolerate such actions. While humanitarian aid in the form of food and medicine is a necessity, no financial aid should be provided whatsoever, as it will undoubtedly fund the very terrorism we aim to end.
Open for signature
October 30, 2023, at 4:20 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
November 29, 2023, at 4:20 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Melissa Lantsman
Conservative Caucus