I love the smell of victory in the review.
This is a rabble alert to give notice of a story we’ve been working on.
Over the last week rabble.ca obtained copies of publicly accessible federal court documents in the case launched by British MP George Galloway (and sponsors of his 2009 visit) against the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, on the issue of Galloway’s banning.
The case is going to be heard by the federal court inToronto on April 26.
The review of these documents resulted in two stories– that we think are important — written by our news editor, Cathryn Atkinson.
In the first, Court documents put spotlight on minister in banning of British MP [http://rabble.ca/news/2010/04/galloway-ban-story-told-via-e-mail] emails presented to the court show Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney’s staff’s direct involvement in banning the British MP from Canada –despite Kenney’s past comments to media that his office had not been involved.
We’ve included all of the emails as attachments in the articles so you can read them yourself. The emails include evidence of the Minister’s communications director frantically searching for George Galloway’s whereabouts to ensure that he would not be mistakenly allowed to cross the border, and communicating directly with public servants. A big question revealed in these emails is that the news of Galloway’s banning was leaked to the British media before Galloway was informed. This could be a violation of Canada’s Privacy Act — and the documents and testimony reveal some serious questions about where the source of the leak came from.
The second story: National security claim rejected by judge in bid to redact Galloway emails [http://rabble.ca/news/2010/04/government-lawyers-failed-redact-galloway-emails] follows another line of questioning: how these emails that make up the first story were mistakenly released to Galloway’s lawyers in the first place.
The federal government attempted to have the documents returned, unopened and unread, in order to redact large parts of the documents for issues of national security (sound familiar?). This claim was rejected by the court (with the minor exceptions primarily related to revealing direct contact info of some individuals).
We’ve made all the documents we reviewed available on our site, because we think all Canadians have a right to see the kind of machinations that have been happening behind the scenes in this government. You can view them here: http://digg.com/u1U7Ck and we hope you will crowd-source to help us find more threads to this story in them.
Our senior contributing editor, Murray Dobbin, contextualizes the findings so far. You can find his analysis here: Jason Kenney: Point man for a theocratic state? http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/murray-dobbin/2010/04/jason-kenney-point-man-theocratic-state
The U.K. Guardian has picked up this story: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/apr/21/george-galloway-canada-ban-hamas
But to date no mainstream Canadian media has picked up on the new angles we’ve raised: If you think this is an important story, we encourage you to please write to the newsrooms of Canada’s mainstream media and ask them to cover this story.
Stay tuned for more coverage of this story as the case is heard in federal court on Monday, April 26, and as Defend Free Speech rallies take place in Toronto and across the country
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