Former Vice President **** Cheney has canceled a speaking engagement in Toronto due to security fears sparked by his rough reception at an event in Vancouver last year, the promoter of the speech said.
Cheney, who along with former President George W. Bush remains unpopular in Canada, had been slated to talk about his time in office and the current U.S. political landscape on April 24 in Toronto.
"Basically they felt that it would be a major security issue if Vice President Cheney came back to Canada," said Ryan Ruppert, president of Spectre Live Corp, which was promoting Cheney's speech.
The upshot, Ruppert, told the Canadian Press, is that discussion over American policy on such issues as Guantanamo Bay or the Iraq war is being silenced.
Former Vice President **** Cheney cancels trip to Canada, says it's too dangerous - U.S. News (external - login to view)
October 30, 2013
The international group, Lawyers Against War, has urged Canadian authorities to arrest former U.S. Vice President **** Cheney for war crimes when he arrives at the Toronto Global Forum this week, Huffington Post reported (external - login to view)
The anti-war group wrote a letter (external - login to view)
to the Attorney General John Gerretsen and Police Chief Bill Blair saying it was their duty to arrest Cheney, “as a person suspected on reasonable grounds of authorizing, counseling, aiding, abetting and failing to prevent torture.”
“Once Richard (****) Cheney enters Canada … Canada must ensure that **** Cheney is either investigated and prosecuted for the indictable offence of torture in Canada or extradited to another country willing and able to do so," Lawyers Against the War's Gail Davidson wrote (external - login to view)
Cheney was a “big supporter” of waterboarding and other unlawful interrogation techniques during his vice presidency, in which thousands of people were tortured, kidnapped and assasinated based on his instruction.
Canadians Seek Dick Cheney's Arrest For War Crimes During Upcoming Visit (external - login to view)