Dick Cheney must be barred entry to Canada, Vancouver MP Don Davies says

Finally, an elected Canadian politician has the balls to take on Dick.

In a calm and measured voice, Vancouver Kingsway MP Don Davies today (September 23) declared that former U.S. vice president Dick Cheney should be barred from entering Canada.

Davies was speaking at a news conference held at the W2 Media Café in downtown Vancouver, which saw peace activist Derrick O’Keefe, lawyer Gail Davidson, and global peace advocate Blake MacLeod deliver statements about Cheney’s Monday (September 26) speaking engagement at the Vancouver Club.

The federal NDP’s immigration critic outlined the case why Cheney should not be allowed to waltz into town based on the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Davies cited Section 35 of this law, which states in part that a foreign national is inadmissible for entry into Canada if the person is “a prescribed senior official in the service of a government that, in the opinion of the Minister, engages or has engaged in terrorism, systematic or gross human rights violations, or genocide, a war crime or a crime against humanity within the meaning of subsections 6(3) to (5) of the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act”.

A lawyer, Davies also cited Section 36 of IRPA that provides in part that a person is also inadmissible if the individual was responsible for “an act outside Canada that is an offence in the place where it was committed and that, if committed in Canada, would constitute an offence under an Act of Parliament punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of at least 10 years”.

Davies said that he wrote Conservative Immigration Minister Jason Kenney today to remind the federal government that it has the responsibility to “uphold the law”.

According to Davies, the former American vice president has openly and unapologetically admitted that he did not stop acts of torture perpetrated against perceived enemies of the U.S.

Davies said that he considers practices like waterboarding, or simulated drowning, and sleep deprivation as acts of torture.

“Torture is a serious crime. It is a war crime. It is a crime against humanity,” said Davies, who was enthusiastically applauded after delivering his statement.

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Van Kevin
Wonderful - great job Don Davies and Vancouver's peace activists. Now the media needs to ask Jason Kenney why he's letting the war criminal in.
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Lawson1945
No bloody way Davies and so should the President of China and Communist supports, we do not want them here period for any goofy Chinese Gala Events, Keep them Out also!
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Darren Pearson
The law is not ambiguous!
It is very clear, Dick is arrestable, for some of the most heinous crimes on the books.
This from our "get tough on crime " government that want to jail people for having the harmless pot plant?
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karlababe
would we let a nazi war criminal just wander in to promote a book???? i think not.. Cheney is no different...
UPHOLD THE LAW!!
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Larry Kazdan
In 2004, George W. Bush entered Canada but was entitled to immunity from prosecution as a head of state. That immunity is no longer relevant. Will Canadian authorities now apply the same law to citizens Bush and Cheney as they do to other alleged torturers? Don't bet your throwing booties!
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About time
Now will our Mayor Gregor Robertson follow Don Davies lead and ask the VPD to arrest Cheney?
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Gery
Arrest him and listen to 75% of Americans cheer while the media complain about Canada. I have always been Conservative, but Davies is the man! Let's see what Jason Kenny is made of; or need we bother.
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Lawson1945
Yes when the Chinese President and Communist Officials visit a gala chinese event in Vancouver, they must arrested for human rights violations and murders of other groups of people! Don Davies we will ask you to make the arrest inconnection with the RCMP.
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karlababe
let the mega media complain... they do what they want/are told to do regardless.. integrity and solid reporting is not a job requirement..

this has been a non issue down south tho i don't know if it has picked up any today.. Americans on a couple websites i frequent feel arrests or denial to enter Canada would be absolutely justified...

could it be? the tides are turning and the truths are going to rise?
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Margaret
In accordance with Geneva Conventions agreements, to which Canada is a signator, Canada is actually obligated to arrest him as soon as he sets foot on Canadian soil.
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RJ TABIT
Being an American, I think this man should not be barred from Canada.
Richard "Dick" Cheney should be barred from Planet Earth Period!!!
This is one of the most despicable creatures that has ever existed in
this world. Belongs right in the same class as Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Nero, Mussolinni, ect. Canada should stand up to this man and make and example for the world to be proud of. In the United States, all Americans can do right now is cover their faces in shame of their country.
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a canadian
thanks carlito pablo and straight.com for this article
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Colin Sparks, MSO
Provide proof that he did, then take legal action. Unless you can provide objective proof that he committed a crime, stop your whining. Canada opted out of Iraq, and therefore has no say in the way that conflict is managed. This is just another immature attempt by a loser politician to grab headlines, just like the traitor Svend Robinson, who visited Saddam Hussein during Desert Storm, pledging support for the Iraqi people. THAT was videotaped and put on the news. Proof. Show it or shut up.
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d s
9/11 was not an inside job. Dick Cheney did not commit war crimes. The Canadian government is not in the business of prosecuting foreign citizens for crimes that did not happen on our soil. That is the job of the court in the Hague. They have no interest in prosecuting Cheney so why should the Canadian government? Douche bags like the right honourable Mr.Davies should worry about domestic issues and leave foreign policy to the federal government.
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Rick H
If not now, when?

If not here, where?
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Linda
I'm glad he did speak up. This needs to be done in every country to every person like Cheney who thinks he/she can get away with such despicable acts. Bar him from entry into the country....there must be consequences for torture.
I hope all decent people boycott his book!
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Jim Curry
I hope his ticker stops on Canadian Soil
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Dave in lotusland
How many ways can you think of to say NONSENSE!
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Lawson1945
The straight has become a anti america rag and a pro china newspaper I guess owned by Chinese now. China the evil empire that has violated human rights, murdered more people and killed more animals on the face of the earth. and you support this bull shit, the Straight should be banned for their anti american following and Don Davies should be banned from entering parliament for his anti american rants!
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Windy M
I am an American and will say thank you and hope that he is arrested and taken to stand trial at the Hague. We insisted that the Nazis stand trial for their acts and I think if Cheney is so "innocent" as many of my countrymen say then he should have no trouble defending himself at trial. However since he is guilty of human rights violations and war crimes he will be convicted. The sad bit is he will be treated better than those my government imprisoned.

If countries begin to ignore these types of acts what discouragement exists to stop them from behaving in unethical ways like the baby Bush administration.
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