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OTTAWA — American academic and former militant radical Bill Ayers won’t be allowed to enter Canada, according to an association of university faculty who had asked him to speak at an upcoming conference.
Ayers was scheduled to speak at a conference on higher education and to the media in Toronto on June 16, but the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations said Wednesday Ayers won’t be allowed to enter Canada.
“Ontario’s university professors and academic librarians are appalled that Canada’s borders are becoming a barrier to the free exchange of ideas,” stated Mark Langer, president of the faculty association. “Bill Ayers is a respected academic, and in no way a threat to the peace and security of Canada. There is no reason why he should be kept out.”
Ayers gained notoriety in the 1960s and 70s as a founding member of the radical militant protest group Weather Underground. In 2009, Ayers was detained by the Canada Border Services Agency and denied entry into Canada.
“In the past, we have admitted Martha Stewart, a convicted felon. Just a few weeks ago, we also let in Geert Wilders, a far-right Dutch politician currently being prosecuted for violations of his country’s hate speech laws,” Langer said in a news statement Wednesday. “Based on this record, one wonders if Ayers is being kept out of Canada for purely political reasons, something that is unacceptable in a free and democratic society.”
A spokesman for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews wouldn’t confirm whether Ayers had been told to stay away, but did say it’s up to the individual traveler to make sure they comply with the law.
“The Canada Border Services Agency is operationally responsible for enforcing applicable Canadian law, including the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA),” wrote Chris McCluskey in an email. “It is up to the individual traveler to satisfy the CBSA officer that he or she is admissible to Canada under IRPA.”