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Harper government denies entry to British MP

The Guardian newspaper has reported that, “Earlier today the (British newspaper) The Sun said (Canadian) border security officials had declared (British MP George) Galloway, 54, ‘inadmissible’ because of his views on Afghanistan and the presence of Canadian troops there and would be turned away if he attempted to enter the country.”

This afternoon the Globe and Mail reports that, “NDP immigration critic Olivia Chow said the Galloway ban perpetuates a pattern in which views that contradict those of the Conservative government have been suppressed. She said the Tories have adopted an ‘unhealthy, isolationist, bunker mentality.’ ‘The minister of immigration is becoming the minister of censorship,’ Ms. Chow said in an interview. ‘We don’t have to agree with everything Mr. Galloway talks about. But, at bare minimum, they should be allowed to express their points of view so Canadians can make decisions themselves. This is pure censorship and it’s wrong.'”

The Council of Canadians is calling on the Harper government to allow Mr. Galloway into Canada. The refusal to allow Mr. Galloway into Canada comes just a few days after former US president George W. Bush spoke in Clagary.

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