Consistency Please

The  Green Party of Canada is calling on Prime Minister Harper and  Immigration Minister Jason Kenney to explain the inconsistencies  surrounding which political leaders are allowed into the country.   “Minister Kenney decided to bar British MP George Galloway from Canada  because of his alleged support for Palestinian terror groups while  allowing Dick Cheney and George W. Bush, who many feel should be refused entry under Canada’s international obligations due to their complicity  in allowing the  torture of people detained by U.S. authorities.  We  would just like some consistency,” said Green Leader Elizabeth May.

Dick Cheney spoke in Vancouver on Monday. George W. Bush is slated to visit  Canada on October 20 as a guest of the mayor of Surrey British  Columbia.  Human rights groups including Amnesty International and  Lawyers Against the War have said Canada has a duty to prevent Cheney  and Bush’s entry into Canada because of their record of sanctioning  torture methods.  Both domestic and international laws have been cited,  such as the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the  Convention against Torture and other Cruel, inhuman or degrading  treatment or punishment (CAT), the Geneva Conventions, the Crimes  against Humanity and War Crimes Act (CAHWCA) and the Criminal Code of  Canada.  These groups claim Canada is providing safe haven from  prosecution by ignoring Bush and Cheney’s torture record and illegal war in Iraq.

Bush reportedly  cancelled a trip to Switzerland earlier this year because of the same  calls for his prosecution.  The International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN Committee on Torture have both reported their conclusions  that the US military engages in torture at the Guantanamo Bay prison.

“Canada took a lead in the global negotiations for an International Criminal  Court. Cheney and Bush represent a tough challenge for Canada as former  leaders of our closest neighbour and largest trading partner.  Nevertheless, we accepted legal obligations to pursue criminal actions.  Refusing George Galloway access to Canadian soil while welcoming Cheney  and Bush threatens to make a mockery of those obligations,” said May.