Member’s Statement on Neil Bantleman

March 29, 2016

MP Len Webber in the House of Commons


Mr. Speaker, as you and many others in this House know, I have known Canadian Neil Bantleman and his family for a long time. In fact, I just met with his brother Guy a few moments ago.
Neil is well-known in Calgary as a respected teacher there for many years.

Sadly, Neil continues to be held in Indonesia in deplorable conditions and forced to live like a caged animal. He has to sleep on the floor and endures constant hunger, discomfort and threat of disease.

He is a victim of a flawed Indonesian justice system, but our own Canadian Government has failed him too. They have failed to bring this Canadian back home or warn other Canadians of the risks visiting this country.

Guy wants his brother home. The entire Bantleman family want Neil home. Unfortunately, all this Government has done, and is prepared to do, is to talk.
When are we going to see action? Many Canadians are asking, when are we going to see Neil come home to Canada?