MP George Galloway Banned From Canada

British MP George Galloway has been banned from Canada on the grounds of national security. He was due to speak on March 30 but his visa was denied.
Galloway is a MP for the Respect Party in the UK. He has called the ban ‘idiotic’ and is looking at legal action to overturn it.

BBC reports that Galloway believes that the ban is over his views on the Iraq War.

“This has further vindicated the anti-war movement’s contention that unjust wars abroad will end up consuming the very liberties that make us who we are,” he said.

“All right-thinking Canadians, whether they agree with me or not, will oppose this outrageous decision.”

Galloway was slated to speak at Resisting War from Gaza to Kandahar taking place in Toronto on March 30.

Jason Kenney, Canada’s immigration minister has declined to act in Galloway’s interest. A spokesman for that the act in which Galloway was banned is designed to protect the residents of Canada from those who fund, support or engage in terrorism.

Alykhan Velshi, Kennedy’s spokesman is quoted by the Guardian:

“We’re going to uphold the law, not give special treatment to this infamous street-corner Cromwell who actually brags about giving ‘financial support’ to Hamas, a terrorist organisation banned in Canada,” he said. “I’m sure Galloway has a large Rolodex of friends in regimes elsewhere in the world willing to roll out the red carpet for him. Canada, however, won’t be one of them.”

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has confirmed that Galloway was banned from Canada based on a number of factors. The ban is in accordance with section 34(1) of the immigration act in Canada.

The act states:

“A permanent resident or a foreign national is inadmissible on security grounds for:

(a) engaging in an act of espionage or an act of subversion against a democratic government, institution or process as they are understood in Canada;

(b) engaging in or instigating the subversion by force of any government;

(c) engaging in terrorism;

(d) being a danger to the security of Canada;

(e) engaging in acts of violence that would or might endanger the lives or safety of persons in Canada; or

(f) being a member of an organization that there are reasonable grounds to believe engages, has engaged or will engage in acts referred to in paragraph (a), (b) or (c).”

This is not the first time Galloway has been banned from a country. In 2006 he was denied entry into Egypt on grounds of national security when he tried to attend a ‘mock trial’ of then British PM Tony Blair and United States President George Bush.

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