Banned British MP announces several lawsuits against Canadians
By Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA – Controversial British politician George Galloway told a cheering crowd Thursday in Ottawa that he planned to sue some Canadians after being banned from the country.
He said he had spoken to lawyers and planned a defamation lawsuit against the head of the Canadian Jewish Congress and the CTV television network.
A spokesman later said Galloway planned similar action against Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and a government official over remarks made when they announced he was inadmissible into Canada.
Speaking through a video hookup, Galloway said he would sue over comments made by congress chief executive Bernie Farber in an interview with the network. He did not explain what those remarks were.
But the five-time member of Parliament told an Ottawa crowd that he would fight for his reputation.
He demanded an apology, a reimbursement for administrative costs, and payment for damages – otherwise he would sue.
“I have instructed my lawyers in Canada to begin an action for defamation,” Galloway said from New York City, where he was speaking via video hookup.
“I will not accept being called the things I was called by Mr. Farber on Canadian national television.”
Unless they agree to his conditions, Galloway said, “Mr. Farber, and CTV, you’ll be seeing us in court. . . Because I am not a terrorist. I am not a threat to Canada’s national security.”
Farber declined to comment on Galloway’s statements in an email to the Canadian Press late Thursday. CTV has not responded to a request for comment.
Short URL: http://tinyurl.com/y99dg9r