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Former British MP George Galloway speaks in Vancouver Nov. 22

November 2, 2010

For the first time in nearly ten years, firebrand anti-war activist and former British MP George Galloway will speak in Vancouver on Monday, November 22, 7:30pm at St Andrew's-Wesley United Church.

"We're delighted that George Galloway is returning and will speak about the occupations of Afghanistan and Palestine," said event organizer and member Irene MacInnes. "And we're delighted that Jason Kenney's efforts to ban Galloway have failed -- this event will also be a celebration of free speech in the face of the Conservative government's attempts to censor political views with which they don't agree," MacInnes added.

Galloway will appear in ten cities on a pan-Canadian speaking tour from November 16 to 27, 2010. Organized by local peace coalitions and Palestine solidarity campaigns across Canada, the tour is called "Free Palestine, Free Afghanistan, Free Speech". Mr. Galloway will speak about the Canadian government's attempts to ban him as well as the political situation in the Middle East and Central Asia.

"I'm looking forward to speaking in person with the many Canadians who have defended their right to hear me, including those who disagree with me," said Mr. Galloway from London, UK. "I'm also looking forward to challenging Jason Kenney to a public debate, who has yet to account for his role in trying to keep me out of Canada."

In addition to Vancouver, Galloway's tour includes, Montreal (Nov 17), Halifax (Nov 18), Toronto (Nov 20), Hamilton (Nov 21), Calgary (Nov 23), Yellowknife (Nov 24), Edmonton (Nov 25), Winnipeg (Nov 26) and Ottawa (Nov 27).

Details of each event are available at

On September 27, the Federal Court of Canada ruled that Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney had attempted to ban Galloway from Canada for purely political reasons: "It is clear that the efforts to keep Mr. Galloway out of the country had more to do with antipathy to his political views than with any real concern that he had engaged in terrorism or was a member of a terrorist organization" ( - paragraph 8).

The ruling cleared the way for Galloway to return to Canada. On October 2, he arrived in Toronto. The next day, he addressed a crowd of over 800 people at a downtown church.

For more information contact:
Irene MacInnes
Phone: 604 737 1299

Omar Shaban
Phone: 604 379 4050

James Clark
Defend Free Speech Campaign
Phone: 416 795 5863

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