Wednesday, May 13, 2009

British MP George Galloway is suing Jason Kenney

In Canadian news:

The Western Standard reported extensively on the decision by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney to ban British Member of Parliament George Galloway from Canada for his anti-war views.

Galloway was deemed inadmissible to Canada in March on national security grounds under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, although no information was publicly released as to precise “threat to national securityGalloway posed.

The decision generated outrage from the anti-war left, but also from conservative circles, including National Post columnist Lorne Gunter who wrote:

Galloway is an elected British MP. That doesn't excuse him if his purpose is to break Canada's anti-terror laws. But until he has broken them, until he has stood on a podium in this country and asked, directly, for donations to Hamas or Hezbollah or Islamic Jihad, we have no reason to bar him from entering the country.

Kenney saw things differently and stood by the decision of the Canadian Border Services Agency, under his jurisdiction, arguing that Galloway supports terrorism.

The Calgary Sun is reporting today that Galloway intends to sue Kenney and a senior aide for the defamatory remarks.

"I welcome robust criticism, but the comments made about me crossed the line," Galloway said in a statement.

"They are not only untrue, they are outrageous. As an elected member of the British Parliament, I am compelled to exercise my legal right to clear my name."

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