Truly, I just want to enjoy this weekend. Truly, I just want to have fun at the Northern Woman's Bookstore, maybe celebrate Spring equinox and Norouz, just have fun like regular folks do, not think about things that make me mad/sad/furious/outraged ...but what! I made the mistake of reading the Toronto Star online, and what did I find?
Canada blocks outspoken British MP
[please read the whole article, for it details specifics; below is just a bare bones excerpt]
OTTAWA — Canadian officials have denied outspoken anti-war British MP George Galloway entry into Canada on grounds he poses a threat to national security.
Galloway, who was expected to begin a Canadian speaking tour in Toronto on March 30, called the ban outrageous.
Galloway said his supposed support for Hamas amounted to leading an aid convoy into Gaza to break the "illegal siege" following the month-long Israeli incursion in January.
"I led a convoy of 110 British vehicles, more than 300 British citizens, to break the illegal siege of Gaza just a few days ago. Most people in the world think that feeding people under siege is something to be commended rather than something to get you banned," he told the Star in a telephone interview from his London office."
I can not believe our government is so fascist and f#%^&*ed up. After reading about this latest stupidity and injustice of our current f#%^&*ed up Canadian government, I was just furious. Outraged. What sort of country do I live it, anyway? I was so angry, I immediately sent out the link to some friends, the local Peace group, and, of course, wrote a letter in 5 minutes flat and sent it to Kenney, who incredulously, is Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism. With a person like him heading this very influential ministry, woe is Canada and any prospective immigrants! His ministry cut $2 m. in funds to the Canadian Arab Federation for their language classes. Woe is Canada. His ministry wrote a letter to the Canadian Arab Federation accusing them of anti-Semitism! Woe is Canada. Empty heads in positions of authority. Wrong-headed people in positions of power. People with narrow minded views that reek of racism, exclusions, and other things better left in the garbage heap of history. Woe is Canada.
Here is Minister Kenney's email to tell him how wrong he is to forbid a person to come to Canada TO SPEAK!!!!
I am outraged at the decision of Canada border services, under your auspices, to bar Member of British Parliament George Galloway from entering Canada. Since when is a duly elected--democratically elected-- British member of Parliament a security threat to Canada? If he is indeed a security threat, that means he must also be a security threat to Britain. But how could he sit in parliament if he is a security threat? Apparently, he is not seen as a security threat by the government which our government is modeled on!
It is clear that your decision is motivated by your condemnation of Galloway's vocal support of the Palestinian people and their duly elected, democratically elected government, the Hamas.
Galloway was recently in Canada so in the past he came legally through the border. Now he is a threat after he has been to Gaza to deliver truckfuls of much needed aid to the beleaguered Palestinians? What sort of threat is he? Will he fill my ears with Qassam rockets?
I am shocked at this banning of Galloway. Even the US has not banned him from speaking! How can you possibly defend this censorship that disallows Canadians from hearing what he saw in Gaza, his analysis of the issue? How can you defend that a British Member of Parliament is a security threat if even Britain does not see him as one?