George Galloway announces 10-city speaking tour of Canada

Former British MP George Galloway will appear in 10 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, U.K. "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."

Mr. Galloway's tour includes the following cities: Montreal (Nov. 17), Halifax (Nov. 18), Toronto (Nov. 20), Hamilton (Nov. 21), Vancouver (Nov. 22), Calgary (Nov. 23), Yellowknife (Nov. 24), Edmonton (Nov. 25), Winnipeg (Nov. 26) and Ottawa (Nov. 27).

On September 27, 2010, 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.

Details of each event are available here:

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MONTREAL
George Galloway: Free Palestine. Free Afghanistan. Free speech.

Featuring: George Galloway and special guests

Date: Wednesday, November 17
Time: 7:00 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.)
Location: Salle Marie-Gérin-Lajoie, Pavillon Judith-Jasmin
405 rue Ste-Catherine Est
Local J-M400 (niveau Métro)
Métro Berri-UQAM
Tickets: $15 (Adult), $10 (Students, youth, seniors)
Tickets are available at the door or by e-mailing
Organized by: Canadian Boat to Gaza

More information:
Local media inquiries:

HALIFAX

From Gaza to Afghanistan: Resisting war, occupation and censorship

Featuring: George Galloway and special guests

Date: Thursday, November 18
Time: 7:00 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.)
Location: Saint Mary's University, Room TBA
Tickets: TBA
Organized by: Halifax Peace Coalition

TORONTO

Palestine solidarity and the fight for free speech

Featuring: George Galloway and special guests

Date: Saturday, November 20
Time: 6:00 p.m. (doors open 5:30 p.m.)
Location: Islamic Society of York Region, 1380 Stouffville Road, Richmond Hill
Tickets (includes dinner): $25 (Adults), $15 (Students, youth, seniors)
Tickets are only available in advance by e-mailing
Organized by: Islamic Society of York Region
Endorsed by: Canadian Arab Federation, Toronto Coalition to Stop the War

More information:
Local media inquiries:

HAMILTON

George Galloway: Free Palestine. Free Afghanistan. Free speech.

Featuring: George Galloway and special guests

Date: Sunday, November 21
Time: 2:00 p.m. (doors open 1:30 p.m.)
Location: McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West
Lecture Hall MDCL 1305
Tickets: $20 (Adults), $10 (Students, youth, seniors)
Tickets are available online by clicking here

Organized by: Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR), Students Resisting War and Occupation (SRWO),Independent Jewish Voices (IJV)

More information:
Local media inquiries:

VANCOUVER

George Galloway: Free Palestine. Free Afghanistan. Free speech.

Featuring: George Galloway and special guests

Date: Monday, November 22
Time: 7:30 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.)
Location: St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church, corner of Burrard and Nelson

Tickets: $15 (Adults), $10 (Students, youth, seniors)
Tickets are available at People's Coop Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Drive
Organized by: StopWar.ca Coalition
Endorsed by: UBC-Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights, Seriously Free Speech Committee

More information:
Local media inquiries:

CALGARY

George Galloway: Free Palestine. Free Afghanistan. Free speech.

Featuring: George Galloway and special guests

Date: Tuesday, November 23
Time: 7:00 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.)
Location: TBA
Tickets: TBA

YELLOWKNIFE

From Gaza to Afghanistan: Resisting war, occupation and censorship

Featuring: George Galloway and special guests

Date: Wednesday, November 24
Time: 7:00 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.)
Location: Northern United Place, 5403 Franklin Avenue
Tickets: $10 (Adult), $5 (Students, youth, seniors)
Tickets are available at the door or by e-mailing
Organized by: Focus on Palestine Yellowknife
Endorsed by: Alternatives North, Yellowknife United Church

More information:
Local media inquiries:

EDMONTON

From Gaza to Afghanistan: Resisting war, occupation and censorship

Featuring: George Galloway and special guests
Date: Thursday, November 25
Time: 7:00 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.)
Location: University of Alberta, Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS)
Tickets: $15 (Adults), $10 (Students, youth, seniors)
Tickets are available at the door
Organized by: Edmonton Coalition Against War And Racism (ECAWAR), Canadians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East (CPJME), Palestine Support Network (PSN)

More information: 780-988-2713
Local media inquiries: 780-988-2713

WINNIPEG

From Gaza to Afghanistan: Resisting war, occupation and censorship

Featuring: George Galloway and special guests

Date: Friday, November 26
Time: 7:30 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.)
Location: Broadway Disciples United Church, 396 Broadway at Kennedy
Tickets: $15 (Adult), $10 (student, youth, senior)
Tickets are available at the door
Organized by: Peace Alliance Winnipeg
Endorsed by: Independent Jewish Voices, Canada Palestine Support Network
More information:
Local media inquiries:

OTTAWA

George Galloway: Free Palestine. Free Afghanistan. Free speech.

Featuring: George Galloway and special guests
Date: Saturday, November 27
Time: 2:00 p.m. (doors open 1:30 p.m.)
Location: TBA
Tickets: TBA
Organized by: Ottawa Peace Assembly

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