Keeping out the trash

No, Comrade Galloway, you can’t have entry into Canada. Not yours.
Damian P.
Update: the whining begins, of course. Ezra Levant makes what should be the obvious point:

Galloway is not a Canadian citizen; he does not have a right to come to Canada (nor any other rights guaranteed to our citizens). He would be a guest, and he is being turned away for security reasons.
Were he a citizen, he would have the right to spout his bigotry in Canada (but not to engage in material support for terrorists, which is a crime.) If he were a citizen, he would be allowed back home, and arrested for his crimes.
I don’t see this as a free speech issue; I see it as a sovereignty issue — keeping out an undesirable foreigner who has no right to be here, and who boasts about violating our criminal code.
Good riddance.

For many Canadians, a far-left, foreign Hamas supporter has a greater right to freedom of expression in Canada than Canadian citizens do. (Let the record show that I also applauded the decision to keep the Phelps clan out of Canada, and even conceded that Britain had the right to bar Geert Wilders.)
A highlight from Gorgeous George’s last visit to Canada:

…”Anti-war” hero George Galloway visited Ottawa last year for the specific purpose of attending a Canadian celebration of the 74th birthday of Syria’s fascist movement. The Syrian Social Nationalist Party sports its own stylized swastika, sings its anthem to the tune of Deutschland, Deutschland, Uber Alles, and dreams of a greater Syria from the Nile to the Euphrates.

Lovely “peace activist” you’ve got there, comrades.

13 thoughts on “Keeping out the trash

  1. Fred says:

    Kenny is on a roll.
    yesterday, he cuts funds for the racist, pro-terrorist CAF and today he kicks Galloway squarely in his political nuts.
    Wooo Hooooo . . .. GO JASON

  2. Dara says:

    Turned away because of his views, just like Geert Wilders.
    Anyone else think that this is a bit of an arbitrary reason?
    I mean, 10 years down the road when Jack Layton has a majority (stop laughing, it’s as hypothetical as Harper’s), will anti-union CEO’s find themselves barred from coming to Canada too?

  3. Chris says:

    Kenney spokesman: “George Galloway is not getting a permit — end of story. He defends the very terrorists trying to kill Canadian forces in Afghanistan.”
    Dara: “Anyone else think that this is a bit of an arbitrary reason?”
    Um, no (and I’ve voted NDP many times… before Layton).

  4. Blair says:

    I am uncomfortable with excluding him because of his views. Surely we are grown up enough to let some idiot speak his mind on our soil. If, however, the reports of his actual ties to the organizations – especially the reported financial contributions – are true, then the decision is a sound one.
    In my view, there is a fundamental difference between voicing sympathy/support and actual membership/funding activities.

  5. Patrick B says:

    Galloway is a laughing stock, but nevertheless very dangerous. He openly supports—verbally and financially—an organisation deemed “terrorist in nature”. His role in Oil for Food ($1 million from Saddam was alleged, as I recall) has never been explained. He has repeatedly threatened libel and slander actions in the UK against anyone who has raised questions about him and his views and his finances. If we refuse entry to the Phelps, and if the UK refuses entry to Gert Weelders (sp?) then it is appropriate that the waste of space Galloway should be stopped at the border.
    In any case, we have plenty of terrorist apologists in the country already. And if the Coalition against the War want a speaker known to be sympathetic to Hamas and Hezbollah, why don’t they invite Dennis Coderre?

  6. RM says:

    If it were just his views that were odious, I’d say let him in. But he just got back from supplying money and vehicles to Hamas. He went from being a terrorist sympathizer to a terrorist enabler. He should be banned.

  7. John P. says:

    Well, I was just taking a swipe at Toronto, DinV.
    I still comment here frequently.
    Anyways, as someone at HP said, Galloway is buddies with so many dictators and tyrants, he’ll always be welcomed somewhere.
    I’m wondering what happened to his “Viva Palestina” bandwagon.
    He he just abandon everyone in the desert and then fly off?

  8. Greg R says:

    Jason Kenney is the straightest shooting politician we’ve had in Canada since MacDonald. I’ve grown disillusioned with PM Harper, and frankly disgusted with the flea circus that is Question Period, but I will continue to vote Tory as long as it gives Jason Kenny a portfolio.

  9. John B says:

    “Anyone else think that this is a bit of an arbitrary reason?”
    Not really Dara, Galloway is as vile a person as they come.
    Blair: Galloway has been invloved in fundraising for groups like Hamas.

  10. DaninVan says:

    (JohnP) …?!!! That was fast! 🙂
    I wonder if that would work if I typed “Ajsuhail” three times quickly? 😉 (or “Dawg”)

  11. John says:

    I think Galloway is lower than pond scum, but this is a bad decision. He is truly one of those people who should be allowed to speak to show how low he is. To most rational people it would be strange for an “anti-war” group to invite a speaker who supported Sadam. But then again, these people are not rational.

  12. Greg R says:

    John – its a good point, and it makes me feel (as a free speech absolutist) like a hypocrite.
    However, as has been pointed out, Galloway is a criminal under Canadian law. Sure, no-one will ever get him for the Saddam-funded “Miriam Appeal” oil-for-fraud scandal, but last month he videotaped himself running the Gaza border with a convoy of vehicles and money for a proscribed terrorist group.
    Also, when was the last time you saw a foreign right-wing blog running comments like “Canada. Fuck yeah!”
    That just feels good.

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