Lawyer Gail Davidson wants Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson to do to ex-U.S. vice president Dick Cheney what a chap named Boris Johnson did to former American president George W. Bush.
Johnson is, of course, the mayor of London, who in November 2010 wrote an opinion piece advising Bush against coming to his city or any other European capital.
Johnson, who is a Conservative, warned that Bush “might never see Texas again” because he could be arrested for torture and war crimes.
In the end, Bush didn’t dare go to Europe to promote his book Decision Points.
Cheney is due for a speaking engagement in Vancouver on September 26 to talk about his book In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir.
“I would like council to, the mayor to make a public statement that Vancouver won’t be a safe haven for accused war criminals,” Davidson told the Straight by phone today (September 20).
Davidson also suggested that Robertson contact Jim Chu and advise the Vancouver police chief of what he should do under international and local laws.
“His responsibility once Mr. Cheney enters Canada is to arrest him for war crimes,” Davidson said.
Robertson wasn’t available to provide a quick comment, according to the mayor’s assistant, Kevin Quinlan.
“But I can inform you that the Mayor will not be asking Chief Chu to arrest Dick Cheney,” Quinlan wrote in an email to the Straight.
Meanwhile, Bush is scheduled to be a keynote speaker at the Surrey Regional Economic Summit on October 20.