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article imageCanadian MP calls for barring Cheney

By Ken Wightman     Sep 26, 2011 in Crime
Vancouver - Don Davies, an NDP MP from British Columbia, has publicly declared that former United States Vice-President Dick Cheney should be barred from entering Canada.
Cheney is slated to speak in Vancouver Monday night at an exclusive $500-a-ticket dinner to promote his book "In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir."
In a letter Davies wrote to Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, the Vancouver MP adds weight to his letter by drawing attention to his position as Official Opposition Critic for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturism. Davies also put a Canadian spin to his opposition by citing the torture of Omar Khadar, a Canadian citizen.
Referring to a Supreme Court of Canada decision, Davies writes that Cheney engaged in actions that violated the Geneva Convention, Canada's domestic law and Canada's internation legal obligations. Davies writes that Khadr's detention was illegal and his treatment violated the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Punishment and Treatment.
Davies points out Cheney has "publicly admitted to playing an integral part" in promoting torture. Davies asserts water boarding and sleep deprivation are torture and that these acts are criminal in Canada and punishable by imprisonment.
Davies goes on to remind the Minister that his own government denied entry to British MP George Galloway with Conservative spokesperson Alykhan Velshi stating:
"It's not about words. It's about deeds. . . . We're going to uphold the law."
Davies quotes sections of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to back up his demand that Cheney be barred from Canada. CTV quotes Davies as saying, "I'm just calling on the immigration minister to enforce the law."
Because the matter is of pressing urgency, Davies is asking for an immediate response.
If Cheney should speak tonight at the sold-out event, a large contingent of protesters is expected. The Bon Mot Book Club, sponsor of the talk, already has security plans in place, as one would expect.
The website Stop is claiming:
"Cheney should be banned from entering [Canada] or arrested upon arrival. It is outrageous that the Harper government, which has on a number of occasions banned anti-war speakers and other social justice activists from entering Canada, would allow this war criminal to enter Canada to promote his new book."
Supporters are being asked to "join us in giving Cheney the welcome he deserves."
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