*** Verdict is In!!! Judge denies British MP George Galloway entry to Canada .... FREEDOM OF SPEECH? ... All political parties say otherwise except th...

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*** Verdict is In!!! Judge denies British MP George Galloway entry to Canada .... FREEDOM OF SPEECH? ... All political parties say otherwise except the Harper government .. Video C-Span Senate Hearing *LINK*
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Monday, March 30, 2009 04:27 pm

Judge denies British MP Galloway\'s request to enter Canada

Last Updated: Monday, March 30, 2009 | 3:19 PM ET Comments653Recommend161
The Canadian Press

Controversial British MP George Galloway\'s request for an injunction to enter Canada has been denied by a Federal Court judge.

The decision prevents Galloway from appearing in person at an event in Toronto Monday evening, the first of four scheduled events in Canada.

The federal government has told Galloway he could not enter Canada because he allegedly engaged in terrorist activities.

In a letter to Galloway, the government says the MP delivered humanitarian goods to war-torn Gaza and gave $45,000 to Hamas, which is a banned terrorist organization in Canada.

On Sunday, one of the lawyers who made the injunction bid said Galloway gave money to the head of the government in Gaza, not to the head of Hamas, even though they are the same person.

Organizers of Galloway\'s speaking tour have said the Toronto speech, scheduled for 7 p.m. ET, would go ahead — either in person if he wins the court injunction, or via video if he loses.

On Sunday, lawyers representing groups trying to bring Galloway to Canada argued before a Federal Court judge that an injunction should be granted allowing Galloway to enter Canada for four days pending a judicial review.

Galloway was also scheduled to deliver speeches in Mississauga, Ont., Montreal and Ottawa.
No stranger to controversy

In 2007, the British Parliament\'s lower house suspended Galloway based on accusations he concealed his financial dealings with Saddam Hussein\'s government.

Galloway was suspended for 18 days following an investigation that found a charity he set up was partly funded by the Iraqi dictator.

Galloway accused his opponents of hypocrisy, saying none of the political parties asked people who gave them money where it came from.

In 2005, Galloway created a spectacle on Capitol Hill by denouncing U.S. senators while voluntarily testifying under oath before a committee. He called the panel of senators a \"lickspittle Republican committee\" and accused them of \"the mother of all smokescreens.\"

After he was expelled from the Labour party for urging British soldiers not to fight in Iraq, Galloway formed his own party, Respect, and won re-election to the Commons in 2005.

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Galloway to speak to Canadians via live link from N.Y.
Canadian judge upholds ban against British MP
Last Updated: Monday, March 30, 2009 | 7:11 PM ET Comments764Recommend174
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Dylan Penner, with the Ottawa Peace Assembly, tapes up a poster promoting a speech of British MP George Galloway on Thursday March 26, 2009. (CP Photo)Dylan Penner, with the Ottawa Peace Assembly, tapes up a poster promoting a speech of British MP George Galloway on Thursday March 26, 2009. (CP Photo)

British MP George Galloway will not be allowed to enter Canada after a federal judge upheld a government ban that denied him entry because of his support of Palestinian militant group Hamas, but he will speak to Canadian audiences via a live video link from New York City at 7 p.m. ET Monday.

Justice Luc Martineau said he wasn\'t satisfied that the necessary conditions had been met to grant Galloway an emergency injunction that would suspend the ban so he could appear at a series of scheduled lectures, including a public forum in Toronto Monday titled Resisting War from Gaza to Kandahar.

One of the conditions is called \"irreparable harm\" — in this case, whether or not the rights of Canadians will be infringed if they don\'t get a chance to hear Galloway.

\"The judge argued because Mr. Galloway is going to broadcast speeches into the cities that Canadians can hear him that way,\" said James Clark, a peace activist with Stop the War and one of the organizers of Galloway\'s speaking tour. Clark was speaking with CBC\'s Newsworld on Monday in Toronto.

\"The lawyers representing Mr. Galloway argue there\'s case law in the United States that says there\'s a difference, a meaningful difference, between hearing somebody speak over a phone or the Internet and having somebody in person who can interact with an audience, and I think there might be a potential to set a precedent on that.\"

Galloway plans to deliver his scheduled speeches to audiences in Toronto, Mississauga, Ont., Montreal and Ottawa this week from a studio in New York.
Supporters claim partial victory

Clark claimed Monday\'s ruling was a partial victory because the judge recognized there were \"serious issues to be tried\" if a judicial review of the ban occurs.

\"The arguments raised by the applicants are not frivolous or vexatious,\" Martineau said. \"However, a proper factual record and the benefit of full legal argument … are lacking at the present time.\"

In a letter dated March 20, the Canada Border Services Agency advised Galloway he had been deemed inadmissible to Canada because he had given $45,000 to Hamas, which Canada categorizes as a banned terrorist organization.

Under Canada\'s Anti-Terrorism Act, it is an offence to knowingly participate in or contribute to any activity of a terrorist group.

Galloway\'s supporters allege political interference in the case light of comments made by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.

Kenney has said he did not ask the border agency to rule on Galloway\'s admissibility but would not use his ministerial power to overturn the decision.
Galloway critical of Canadian foreign policy

Galloway\'s harsh criticism of Canada\'s foreign policy on Gaza is the real reason he has been denied entry, Clark and other supporters say. Galloway himself has also alleged that it\'s his views on Afghanistan, and specifically, his objection to the presence of foreign troops there, that are behind Canada\'s ban.

\"It is completely absurd to suggest that he is a member of a terrorist organization, that he has committed a terrorist act,\" said Clark. \"He delivered a humanitarian aid convoy to Gaza.\"

His supporters stress that Galloway gave money to the head of the Palestinian government in Gaza, not to the head of Hamas, although the two are de facto the same since Hamas is currently the governing authority in Gaza.

The militant group won the 2006 legislative elections in the Palestinian territories and after failed coalition talks with the more moderate Palestinian movement Fatah took control over Gaza while Fatah assumed control in the West Bank. The political head of Hamas is Ismail Haniyeh, who headed up the Hamas slate of candidates in the 2006 elections, while its longtime leader, and one of its original founders, is Mahmoud Zahhar.

Earlier this month, Haniyeh presented Galloway with a Palestinian passport as thanks for the financial and material support he provided as part of an aid convoy organized by the group Viva Palestina that visited sites damaged during the Israeli offensive in January.
No stranger to controversy

In 2007, the British Parliament\'s lower house suspended Galloway based on accusations he concealed his financial dealings with Saddam Hussein\'s government.

Galloway was suspended for 18 days following an investigation that found a charity he set up was partly funded by the Iraqi dictator.

Galloway accused his opponents of hypocrisy, saying none of the political parties asked people who gave them money where it came from.

In 2005, Galloway created a spectacle on Capitol Hill by denouncing U.S. senators while voluntarily testifying under oath before a committee. He called the panel of senators a \"lickspittle Republican committee\" and accused them of \"the mother of all smokescreens.\"

After he was expelled from the Labour party for urging British soldiers not to fight in Iraq, Galloway formed his own party, Respect, and won re-election to the Commons in 2005.

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