The following is from information forwarded to me; Peter Mancini, the New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Parliament who has been point man in the Canadian House of Commons in this fight since Warren Allmand retired, is urging the Minister of Justice (''the Honorable'' Anne McLellan) about her refusal to make public that ''Report on the Internal Review of the Extradition of Mr. Leonard Peltier''. As you may recall Peter succeeded in nailing the Justice Minister on 11 May 98, during Question Period, asking her why this report, of an internal review commenced in June of 1995 and completed shortly thereafter, still hadn't been made public. She answered that she would ''consider releasing it only after the Privacy Commissioner's office had screened it to ensure that any info it contained wouldn't divulge names of informants, etc..'' Well, (with a nudge or two) the Privacy Commissioner's office cleared it on 09 June 98 (telling me that they'd received it only on 02 June, almost a month after the ''Honorable Minister of the Crown'' stated she was awaiting it's return from the Privacy Commissioner's office). The National Director of Investigations for the Privacy Commissioner's office also mentioned to me (verbally) that there had been ''nothing to delete, no apparent reason why it can't be made public..'' So it was back onto the ''Honorable Minister's'' phone, fax & email lines.. She is the ONLY person who can either release that report.., or keep it hidden from public view. To date, she refuses to release it. During some recent conversations I had with Warren Allmand, he mentioned that he'd had a meeting with the Minister in her office, at which time he had to tell her who Leonard Peltier is, since she claimed she'd never heard of him. warren told her that if she didn't release that report ''within a reasonable delay..'' that he would hold a press conference and release his own ''report'' on Leonard's illegal extradition in 76, and the silent complicity of Canada's government to ignore Canadian law in this case, and the ''canadian public will wonder "why?''.. Warren was the Solicitor-General of Canada (like the A-G in USA) when his cabinet colleague, then-Minister of Justice Ron Bassford, signed the extradition papers handing Leonard over to the US for that farce of a trial in Fargo. Not too long after that the irrefutable proof came out showing that the FBI had clearly fabricated the ''evidence'' that formed the basis for the extradition request. Warren has been fighting to get leonard free ever since. He retired from Canada's parliament in 97 and was appointed president of the International Centre for Human rights and Democratic Development, a UN-affiliated Human rights organization based in Montreal. He is no lightweight. By Canadian law, (as pointed out by Canada's Supreme Court in the hearing on Leonard's extradition held in 1989) an extradition based on falsified evidence nullifies that writ of extradition. The government of Canada, by its own laws, by virtue of the International Conventions Governing Diplomatic Protocols (which both the US and Canadian govts signed and ratified).., and as ''strongly suggested'' by the Supreme Court of Canada in 1989, would HAVE TO present the US Ambassador to Canada with a formal Diplomatic Protest demanding that Mr. Leonard Peltier be immediately returned to Canadian soil.., where he would be 100% free!! Now Peter Mancini has another question ready for the ''honorable Minister'' the first chance he gets to pose a question during Question Period. Given the way Parliamentary procedures work, that may be tomorrow or 2-3 weeks from now.., but he WILL ask why, six months after she answered in May, that report is still not public.. Leonard could use a few more voices asking the ''honorable Minister'' that same question.. Voices such as YOURS!! LPDC-Canada (Frank & Annie, still fighting hard) will soon be starting a petition drive among Members of Parliament and (I think) a public petition drive asking that the report be released. You can add your voice to that petition, or to one YOU start to circulate and send to Peter Mancini. And you can also phone/fax/email the ''honorable Minister'', asking her why she won't release a report that Canada's Privacy Commissioner ok'd for release, after she stated, in the House of Commons on 11 May 98, that she WOULD release that report as soon as the Privacy Commissioner's office ok'd it for release... There's a lot going on behind the scenes here, folks.. Peter Mancini, a Member of Parliament and official Justice Critic for the NDP in the House, also requested a copy of that report under the Access to Information Act (like the US FOI Act).. It was denied by direct order of the Minister of Justice. The letter informing Peter that his request was denied also let slip other item of interest.., to the effect that access to the forty-seven (47) police and government files referred to in the report was also denied. Forty-seven files listed about Leonard Peltier's extradition in 1976.., some with the notation ''RCMP'' (Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Canada's FBI), some with ''MJ'' or ''SG'' (Minister of Justice, Solicitor-General) AND.., many with the notations ''EA/DFAIT''.. which is External Affairs/Department of Foreign Affair & International Trade.. Canada's ''Secretary of State''... Hmm? Does anyone on this planet still believe that Leonard's arrest, conviction, 23 years of incarceration & several mysterious murder attempts while in prison are NOT politically motivated ..?!? To contact Peter Mancini, the NDP MP fighting for Leonard (with your thanks & encouragement or with copies of your correspondence with or petitions to the ''honorable Minister'').. Mr. Peter Mancini MP for Sydney-Victoria tel: (613) 995-6459 fax: (613) 995-2963 email: "Mancini, Peter - Assistant 1" ManciP0@parl.gc.ca To let the ''honorable Minister'' know how you feel about her sitting on that report FOR NO APPARENT REASON, or to send her your suggestions and Christmas Wish List.. The Hon. Anne McLellan MP for Edmonton West Minister of Justice of Canada tel: (613) 992-4524 fax: (613) 996-4516 email: firstname.lastname@example.org FOR LEONARD, Thank you!