Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee members all agree to the following principles in support of Canada's continuing involvement in Afghanistan.
We support international and Canadian intervention in Afghanistan with the aim of ending the violence of all illegal armed groups, alleviating poverty, and supporting Afghans’ struggles for peace, justice, and stability.
We support the UN-sanctioned mission in Afghanistan and the NATO-led International Assistance Force to Afghanistan (ISAF).
We recognize that human rights are universal, and not culture-specific, and we are listening to the demands of Afghans for human rights, the protection of women’s fledgling rights, and the desire for a democratic system of governance.
We call for Canadian politicians, party leaders, members of parliament, opinion-makers, the media, and all Canadians to pay attention to Afghan public opinion, and to make room for Afghans to participate in our discussions, debates, panels and presentations on the subject of the Canadian role in Afghanistan.
We encourage all Canadians to expand their knowledge of Afghanistan, its people, culture, history, and past conflicts; and to support humanitarian and development projects which meet the needs of Afghan civilians.
- We confront the misapprehension that Canada's role in Afghanistan is simply the function of an alliance with the United States of America. This misapprehension has severely inhibited the vigorous and necessary debate Canadians must have about what our policy options can and should be, and is a blatant misrepresentation of Canada's purposes and objectives in Afghanistan.
Founding Members of the Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee
The Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee was founded by concerned citizens from across Canada. Our members include human rights activists, journalists, politicians, soldiers, students and many others from a wide range of professions and political affiliations. We are united by our principles which call for a sustained commitment by Canada to aid the country of Afghanistan in its time of need.
If you agree with CASC's principles, you are in esteemed company. You can join CASC online.
Zachary Miles Baddorf, Journalist in Vancouver
Colette Belanger, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WA) Board of Directors
Simon Bessette, LL.B candidate, University of New Brunswick
Melaney Black, CW4WA, Victoria
Natalie K Bjorklund, Ph.D, University of Manitoba
Marc-Andre Boivin, researcher, Université du Québec à Montréal Peacekeeping research group member
John Boon, Liberal Party activist
Ken Bryant, Associate Professor, Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
Jennifer Button, CW4WA – Victoria
Iona Campagnolo, PC, CM, OBC, Former Lt. Gov., British Columbia
Dominic Cardy, NGO director, Nepal, New Brunswick New Democratic Party
Mark Collins, Canadian Embassy, Kabul, 1975-77
Natasha Cowan, McGill University, business graduate
Stewart John Cunningham, Sess. Instructor, Historical Studies, U of T Mississauga
Steven Davis, Academics for Higher Education and Development, Montreal
Judith Desautels, Supporter, CW4WA, Amnesty International
Janice Eisenhauer, Executive Director, CW4WA
Lois Edwards, CW4WA, Manitoba
L. Chris Fox, Doctoral Candidate, University of Victoria
Paul Franks, Professor, Philosophy, University of Toronto
John Fraser, P.C., O.C., O.B.C., C.D., Q.C., LL.D. (Hon.)
Terry Glavin, Author, journalist, adjunct professor, UBC
Stephen Glanzberg, law student
Sanja Golic, MA researcher (Afghanistan education)
Robert Gillies, Citizen, Toronto, Ontario
Richard Gordon, Ph.D, Professor, University of Winnipeg (Books with Wings)
Robert Harlow, Novelist, British Columbia
Najia Haneefi, Former Executive director, Afghan Women's Education Centre, Kabul
Daniel King, President, Conservative McGill
Ian King, Journalist, Columnist, Vancouver
Robert D. Lane, Res. Associate, Phil. & Religion, Malaspina U College
OJ Lavoie, Environment activist, McGill University
Jill Leslie, CW4WAfghan - Victoria Chapter
Bruce Lyth, British Columbia Young Liberals, vice-president
Flora MacDonald, PC, CC, O. Ont.Chair of CARE Canada
Doug McArthur, Professor of Public Policy, SFU
Dave Mann, Brantford, New Democrat
Mark Masongong, Liberal Party activist
Jim Monk, Ontario gay rights, trade union activist
Gareth Morley, Lawyer, Victoria
Jonathon Narvey, Journalist, editor, copywriter, Vancouver
Lyle Neff, Poet, journalist, critic, Vancouver
Lauryn Oates, Vice-president, CW4WA
Tom O'Neill, Associate Professor, Social Sciences, Brock University
David A. Pariser, Professor, Art Education, Concordia University
Ben Parfitt, Journalist, researcher, Victoria
Stan Persky, Writer, philosophy instructor, Capilano College
Karim Qayumi, Afghan-Canadian community leader, Professor, Director of Excellence for Surgical Education and Innovation, Vancouver
John Richards, Professor, Public Policy Program, SFU
Ferooz Sekandarpoor, Production Manager, Ariana (Afghan) TV, Vancouver
Madeliene Tarasick, CW4WA, Kingston
Beryl Wasjman, Institute for Public Affairs – Montreal
Axel Van Den Berg, Professor, Sociology, McGill University
Morton Weinfeld, Sociology professor, McGill University
Ariana Yaftali, Afghan-Canadian, Manitoba.