Canada overturns Galloway ban
PUBLISHED: 14:45 29 September 2010
A HIGH court has found the Canadian Government was wrong in attempting to ban former Bethnal Green and Bow MP George Galloway from the country.
Mr Galloway had previously been branded ‘inadmissible’ to Canada on the grounds of national security.
The decision had forced him to ditch a public forum, Resisting War from Gaza to Kandahar, where he was due to be a keynote speaker in Toronto, last year.
But on Monday, Federal Court judge Richard Mosley found his threat to national security as a terrorist was overblown and unproven. He said: “The main reason why the Government sought to prevent Mr Galloway from entering Canada was that they disagreed with his political views.”
Galloway had originally been branded a threat after helping to fund an aid convoy to Gaza.
While the court found the government had been incorrect to brand Galloway ‘inadmissable’ no law was broken as he did not actually attempt to enter the country and was turned away.