Canada: War Criminal Good, Peacenik Bad

After allowing George W. Bush into Canada to speak, it is telling that the same government would bar the British MP George Galloway.

Richard Jehn / The Rag Blog

George Galloway, the Respect MP, reacts angrily outside the Commons
in July 2007 after being told he faces suspension.

British MP Galloway barred from Canada over ‘supporting Hamas’
By DPA / March 20, 2009

Outspoken British anti-war member of parliament (MP) George Galloway Friday denounced as “outrageous” a decision by the Canadian authorities to refuse him entry on the grounds of national security.

Galloway, a former Labor politician who has now set up his own political party, said in London that he would not accept the ban imposed ahead of a speech he had planned to give in Toronto.

The 54-year-old maverick politician, who left Britain’s ruling Labor Party in protest at its support for military intervention overseas, was refused entry to Egypt in 2006. He is an MP for his Respect Party.

“All right-thinking Canadians, whether they agree with me over the wisdom of sending troops to Afghanistan or not, will oppose this outrageous decision,” he said in London Friday.

He was due to speak at a public forum entitled “Resisting war from Gaza to Kandahar” in Toronto on March 30.

According to the Press Association Friday, a spokesman for Canada’s immigration minister, Jason Kenney, has made clear that the decision will not be overturned.

Galloway had been deemed “inadmissible” to Canada under section 34(1) of the country’s immigration act.

Kenney’s spokesman, Alykhan Velshi said the act was designed to protect Canadians from people who fund, support or engage in terrorism.”

“We’re going to uphold the law, not give special treatment to this … street-corner Cromwell who actually brags about giving ‘financial support’ to Hamas, a terrorist organization banned in Canada,” Velshi was quoted as saying by the British Press Association.

Source / Haaretz

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3 Responses to Canada: War Criminal Good, Peacenik Bad

  1. Mariann says:

    Canada is a US pawn, with all the backbone of a millipede. Sorry, Canucks — but it’s true.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Mariann;
    You are right. Our Canadian backbone has been broken into a thousand pieces. This perhaps results from a confusion within our culture of the “true goods” for us as a country. Many of us have become vulnerable to exaggerated hopes of pleasure and reward that might come from following the party line of various US (and other business)interests. The result has been a distorted set of notions of what constitutes honorable behaviour. Look closely at the hands that pull the strings of our government. Are you surprised at the outcome? The Canadian neoconservative movement is funded by oil and other resource money that supports not just this government, but the neocon way of thinking. That way of thinking is a danger to the health, financial well being,freedom and liberty of all Canadians. I am deeply ashamed that Galloway was turned away. Notice the weasel like way they brought in the “Hamas support” angle? Typical!
    At this point I don’t know what to do other than rant. Thanks for the opportunity.
    pms

  3. Anonymous says:

    It’s censorship of all but the official Israeli, US propaganda. Everyone they can censor, they will censor.

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