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Kenney on Galloway: For the record


 

The minister is sticking to the story that Border Services made the decision, and he’s staying out of it. Here he is at a scrum after QP:

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Question:            There’s growing pressure for you to intervene in the George Galloway matter.  Are you going to?  Are you going to I guess change the government’s mind or the decision to ban him?

Hon. Jason Kenney:    Well, I have no intention to.  The Canadian Border Security agents made a preliminary assessment of Mr. Galloway’s admissibility to Canada.  And they determined under Section 34-1 of the Immigration Refugee Protection Act that he would be likely inadmissible because of his material support for a banned illegal terrorist organization.  According to Mr. Galloway’s own admission earlier this month, he provided financial and corporeal support to Hamas, an organization which deliberately targets and kills innocent civilians and is therefore illegal in Canada.  I don’t see why I — we should make exceptions and override the decision of our professional border security agents in making a judgment about the inadmissibility of someone who provides funding and resources to an illegal terrorist organization.

Question:            Those who argue it’s a free speech issue, what do you think of that?

Hon. Jason Kenney:    It has nothing to do about speech, it has everything to do with actions.  It’s not about words, it’s about deeds.  It’s not about his opinions, it’s about his financial, material support for an illegal terrorist organization.  The law is clear and experts will tell you this that anybody who provides material and financial support to an illegal terrorist organization is prima facie inadmissible to Canada.  Our border security agents made that determination and I see no compelling reason why I should second guess them.  If this was simply about, you know, Mr. Galloway expressing his opinions, I’m sure he can do that by publishing his views in Canada, by telling people his views.  His views are no secret.  I think they are odious but certainly in Britain he has a right to express them and if he was a Canadian citizen and he was already here he would have a right to express them verbally in Canada.  That’s not the issue.  The issue has nothing to do with freedom of speech and everything to do with the — maintaining the integrity of our Immigration Act which says that individuals who provide material and financial support to illegal terrorist organizations are inadmissible for entry to Canada.  I think it’s a reasonable law and I have no intention of second guessing the considered opinion of our professional border security agents in that regard.


 
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Kenney on Galloway: For the record

  1. “According to Mr. Galloway’s own admission earlier this month, he provided financial and corporeal support to Hamas, an organization which deliberately targets and kills innocent civilians and is therefore illegal in Canada.”

    That’s it?

    Earlier this month Galloway donated a few jeeps and financial aid to the Palestinian authority.

    Directly.

    Was Kenney on the House floor when he said that? If not he just started feeding lawyers.

  2. Well Done! I like it especially the bit about actions – well said and I hope he does start all sorts of legal actions … I take it he has had little experience with our legal system.

  3. “According to Mr. Galloway’s own admission earlier this month, he provided financial and corporeal support to Hamas, an organization which deliberately targets and kills innocent civilians and is therefore illegal in Canada”

    There are those – horror – that say that the Israeli Defence Force – did much the same – but those are apple civilians and we are talking about orange ones – Mr Kenney – right?

  4. Unfortunately, the Minister is caught trying to explain a double standard. If we are going to protect freedom of speech, we have to be prepared to let buffoons make a fool of themselves.

    We can’t cry “free speech” when we agree with what someone is saying, and then turn around a ban people who we disagree with. Galloway is a goof, but free speech should not be a sliding scale. Two thumbs down.

  5. If Mr. George Galloway is likely inadmissible because of his material support for a banned illegal terrorist organization, and if the criteria to be deemed a banned illegal terrorist organization is an organization which deliberately targets and kills innocent civilians, then can someone please tell me why on March 17th, 2009 was George Bush allowed entry to Canada and why the upstanding, lied to, tax paying American Citizens were allowed entry to Canada during the 8 years of rule under the terrorist group known as the Bush Administration? Do border guards realize that Hamas is the ELECTED Government of Palestine and not the terrorist organization that they have been labeled? Jason Kenney you are not maintaining the integrity of our Immigration Act, you are stripping it away.

  6. The word democracy comes from the Greek language and it means one person one vote . The Western countries insisted that the vote in Palestine must be democratic. As a result, the Hamas Party obtained the major seats for the general elections in Palestine.

    On one hand, the democratic elections result gave the party which has the majority seat at the Parliament has the right to form the executive. Between Israel and Hamas there is a big problem . Israel occupied the last Palestine land and closed any party where the busniss was it entrance.

    Any reaction has an equal and opposite reaction. The people Palestinese who are oppressed, reacted to defend their dignity. But, the Western countries called them terorist. The foermer president of US, Jim Carter intitled his bestseller book : Palestine want freedom but not segregation.

    The British Parlamentiary has his personal opinion and the countries as Canada who signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights must respect the inalienable freedom of speech.

    It is an absurd that the Conservative executive talks around the world the democracy and Human Rights are violeted by Chinese government..

    Therefore it is shameful for Canada Government tnot to accept the freedom of speech. As Usa during the 8 years under the Conservative Administrations, Canada under Stephen Harper will loss the mondial credibility.

    Hugo

  7. Jason Kenney our Minister of Immigration does not tell the facts when he is discussing George Galloway and the relationship to hamas. The Hamas are DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED and for the hamas to be labeled as a terrorist group is incorrect and this means that the people of Lebanon and Gaza are all Palestinians are terrorists. This is a LIE and the people of this region do not deserve this label. Also George Galloway is not a CRIMINAL he admits bringing in aid for the people of Gaza because of the DESTRUCTION to Gaza and to the WAR CRIMES committed by the Israeli Army. Even the Israeli soldiers admit to war crimes being committed in Gaza by other soldiers in the Israeli army. I feel sorry for the jews in the holocaust that were murdered in the second world war but these Jewish people are doing to Palestinians the same as what happened to them. I realize Mr. Kenney has a tough decision but to not reveal all the facts in this case. This is a Precedent that I don’t really think shows freedom and our rights are too important to just allow them to be taken away because we said the wrong thing. How is it Brittany Spears is allowed into Canada and SHE IS a convicted felon?

  8. odd

    You’d think the NaPo would’ve included the “by his own admission” part.

    :o))

  9. What I would give to see a showdown between Galloway and Kenney on this affair. I remember watching Galloway dress down the US Senate Committee that made the mistake of giving him a “microphone” to respond to accusations similar to the ones Kenney is talking about now. Galloway would make minced meat out of Kenney.

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