"I would rather go sit in prison than go to Iraq."


Patrick Hart, 36, came to Canada in 2005 when he couldn't face another deployment to Iraq.

Though some believe Hart is a traitor, he has no regrets. "I've bled for my country, I've sweated for my country, I've cried myself to sleep for my country — which is a lot more than some people who are passing judgment on me have done," he says.

He and other war resistors - though ready to face the consequences should they be deported - are hoping a new bill - C-440 in the Canadian Parliament - will allow them to stay.

Canada's conservative government has been less welcoming of war resistors than previous governments, says a May 24, 2010 article in USA Today.

The War Resistors Support Campaign was founded online when Jeremy Hinzman, an Army paratrooper, deserted and came to Canada in 2004.