He's controversial and outspoken. Canadian officials previously barred him from entering the country. Calgary MP and Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney branded him a terrorist. Love him or loathe him, former British MP George Galloway is making his way across this country on a speaking tour — and he's coming to speak in Kenney's backyard.
Galloway will be speaking in 10 cities, including Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver, between November 16 and 27, and will be stopping in Calgary on November 23.
UPDATE: Galloway will be speaking at the University of Calgary in MacEwan Hall. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the event will start at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are going for $15 ($10 for students and seniors) or $20 at the door.
In 2009, the federal officials barred Galloway, an outspoken supporter of the Palestinen people, from entering Canada because they claimed Galloway financially supported Hamas — though he was free to speak in the US of A with no problems and has entered Canada on previous occasions with little fanfare.
Despite being democratically elected into power in 2006 by the people of Palestine, the Canadian government considers Hamas a terrorist organization. Therefore, in Kenney's mind at least, Galloway is a terrorist. Though Kenney had no problem allowing George W. 'Waterboarding's A-OK... if we're the ones doing it' Bush into Canada.
However, Galloway was redeemed earlier this year when a federal judge ruled the Canadian government's decision to keep Galloway out of the country amounted to politically motivated muzzling. The firebrand immediately challenged Kenney to a public debate, to which there has been no reply.
A final location for the Calgary talk has yet to be revealed (I've been assured by Galloway's handlers the details will likely be revealed this weekend), but Galloway, never one to shy away from publicity, has said he’s “prepared to stand outside MR. Kenney’s constituency office in Calgary” until the minister accepts his challenge.