My solidarity with Bro. George Galloway, by Bro. Conrad Black

The Guardian Thursday 26 March 2009

Letter: My solidarity with George Galloway Conrad Black

George Galloway attacks the Canadian minister of immigration, Jason Kenney, for not allowing him into Canada and says his exclusion by such a “last-ditch dead-ender of Bushism” is “like being told to sit up straight by the Hunchback of Notre dame or lectured on due diligence by Conrad Black” (Comment, 21 March).

Given Mr Galloway’s well-known and often well-founded scepticism about official American sanctimony, I am disappointed he thinks the relentless persecution I have endured in that country in the last six years, 90% of which has already been debunked by its stacked court system, implies any likelihood of unethical behaviour by me. He should also be aware that inadequate due diligence was one of the few false allegations that did not figure among the many charges unsuccessfully made against me in the reckless and at times unlawful actions of the Chicago prosecutors. Despite this donkey kick, and his misrepresentation of the Iraq and Afghan wars, I do agree that Mr Galloway should be admitted to Canada whenever he wishes to come. I have written a column to that effect in the […]

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CBC: Opposition questions Bro. Galloway ban, Jewish groups pleased

CBC News Friday, March 20, 2009

British MP barred from Canada Paragraph 2 and 3

Opposition questions ban

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, speaking to reporters after a speech in Winnipeg Friday, said while he’s no fan of Galloway, people can’t be banned from Canada for what they may say.

“If he is being barred on free speech grounds that is an outrage,” said Ignatieff. “He can come to Canada and talk rubbish all day long as far as I’m concerned.”

But Ignatieff said Canadian security officials may know something he doesn’t.

“If there is a security threat, that is another matter,” he said.

NDP immigration critic Olivia Chow said the Conservatives have a pattern of suppressing those who have contradictory views.

“The minister of immigration is becoming the minister of censorship,” Chow told Canadian Press. “We don’t have to agree with everything Mr. Galloway talks about.

“But, at bare minimum, they should be allowed to express their points of view so Canadians can make decisions themselves. This is pure censorship and it’s wrong.”

Jewish groups pleased

Jewish organizations B’nai Brith and the Canadian Jewish Congress applauded the decision.

“We applaud the government for its explicit recognition that […]

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British MP vows legal action after being barred from Canada

Globe and Mail March 20, 2009

British MP vows legal action after being barred from Canada CAMPBELL CLARK

OTTAWA — Controversial British MP George Galloway is vowing to take the Canadian government to court for barring him from entering the country for a speaking tour about the Middle East.

Although he has visited Canada before, the Canada Border Services Agency declared him inadmissible on national-security grounds and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney decided he would not use his power to let Mr. Galloway in. “We’re not going to seek to overturn that [CBSA] assessment in order to let into the country someone who has provided financial support to Hamas, a banned terrorist organization in Canada, and someone who is, in a sense, a popinjay for those Taliban fighters who are trying to kill Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan,” said Mr. Kenney’s spokesman, Alykhan Velshi.

Mr. Galloway, a Scottish-born MP who was bounced from Tony Blair’s Labour Party in 2003 for vitriolic opposition to the Iraq war, led a postwar aid convoy to Gaza this month, declaring he would to hand over the supplies to the territory’s Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyeh.

“These are wedge issues being created […]

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