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.”
Remember this? America has been arrogant, dismissive and derisive…
Now, who is being arrogant and dismissive? This administration and president refused the assistance of 13 nations in the first 2 weeks of this oil spill. Other nations, including even the UN, stepped forward and offered their equipment and expertize in this catastrophe. They were rebuffed and sent away. Not only did the Netherlands, Canada, France and Norway offer to help us but Croatia, for cryin’ out loud!
And we said “No thanks. We’ll handle things.”
A Belgian group–DEME– contends it can clean up the oil in three to four months with specialty vessel and equipment, rather than an estimated nine months if done only by the U.S. The article noted there are no more than 5 or 6 of those ships in the world and the top specialist players are the two Belgian companies– DEME and De Nul – and their Dutch competitors.
The U.S. does not have the similar technology and vessel to accomplish the cleanup task because those ships would cost twice as much to build in the U.S. than in the Far East. The article further criticizes this “great technological delay” is a direct consequence of the Jones Act.
Our fellow Americans who live and depend on the gulf for their livelihoods are being sacrificed because this president is too arrogant, too all-knowing to accept the help and expertise offered by nations with the technology to fix this problem. Our wetlands, beaches and precious creatures are dying at the expense of this egomaniac in the oval office.
But we all know that no one is as smart as he is. No one is as omnipotent as the Great Obama:
If this is not some kind of malfeasance or misfeasance in office, I don’t know what is. But this behavior qualifies for both, as far as I understand the definitions. And if what he’s doing doesn’t qualify as “high crimes and misdemeanors” against this nation, our land and people, then I’m a Chinese astronaut… a really, really pissed off Chinese astronaut.