Galloway ban took 2 hours

The decision on whether to let outspoken British MP George Galloway into Canada last year was political and took less than two hours, the Globe and Mail reported. Documents revealed in a court case show that only 102 minutes elapsed between the first email from Immigration Minister Jason Kenney's communications director, Alykhan Velshi, and a comment from an official at the Canada Border Services Agency saying Mr. Galloway was associated with terrorist groups. The government had originally insisted the border agency itself banned Mr. Galloway.

Published: Wednesday, 04/28/2010 12:00 am EDT

The decision on whether to let outspoken British MP George Galloway into Canada last year was political and took less than two hours, the Globe and Mail reported. Documents revealed in a court case show that only 102 minutes elapsed between the first email from Immigration Minister Jason Kenney's communications director, Alykhan Velshi, and a comment from an official at the Canada Border Services Agency saying Mr. Galloway was associated with terrorist groups. The government had originally insisted the border agency itself banned Mr. Galloway.

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