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Controversial British MP George Galloway won’t be coming to Canada after all

A Federal Court judge has upheld the the Canadian Border Services Agency’s decision to bar George Galloway. The fiery British MP, who was denied entry into Canada on national security grounds earlier this month, was supposed to give a speech in Toronto Monday evening, but he’ll instead have to settle for delivering it via live video from New York City. In his ruling, Justice Luc Martineau, concluded the CBSA had not strayed from its mandate in turning Galloway back. “The admission of a foreign national to this country is a privilege determined by statute, regulation or otherwise, and not a matter of right,” Martineau wrote. “In this respect Parliament has expressly given the CBSA officers legal authority to exclusively determine whether a foreign national who seeks to enter this country is admissible.” Galloway’s supporters, however, say the ruling greases a “slippery slope” and promise to “appeal and go to the highest court if need be.”

Toronto Star

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