George Galloway may receive a measure of justice from a federal court after all.  He is the long-standing British parliamentarian and human rights activist who was denied entry into Canada (in record fashion) for perceived support of terrorism, specifically Hamas.  Mr. Galloway admits he did give several thousand dollars to the health ministry in Gaza to help pay the salaries of doctors and nurses, but he claims it was a humanitarian act that he firmly stands behind.  The Globe and Mail conducted a curt interview where he explains his position and the confusing opinion of the Harper government to prevent his entry into Canada to give several talks, while at the same time travelling freely throughout the U.S. without incident or concern.  This sort of thing is not without precedent. 

A similar incident involving Amy Goodman, the journalist and host of Democracy Now, occurred back in December 2009 when she was detained, searched and interrogated about the purpose of her visit and the topics of her discussions in Vancouver and Victoria.  Although she was eventually granted entry, she was also ordered to leave the country within 48 hours for reasons not officially explained.  One could assume her ‘dissenting’ views on issues like Afghanistan etc were to blame for her flagged status.

By contrast, witness the ease with which Ann Coulter could enter Canada and promote her distasteful opinions while exercising free speech.  Although she is merely a self-promoting culture warrior and pugilist, its interesting to appreciate where the governments’ sensibility resides.  Evidently free speech is fine, just as long as you say the right things.

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