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Will Dick Cheney be arrested in Vancouver?

First Sarah Palin, now Dick Cheney. Vancouver's Bon Mot Club's Monday speaker is considered a criminal by many.

Torture, Haliburton, the War on Terrorism, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

What kind of welcome does Cheney deserve? Appaluse, or arrest?

The former Vice President under the Bush Administration brings his book tour to the exclusive group's Vancouver Club event and activist groups are organizing protests, while an SFU professor has even written the mayor, demanding he direct the police chief to arrest Cheney when he arrives in the city.

Cheney is on tour to  promote his book In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir at the Bon Mot Club

Sponsored by the Globe and Mail, Sauder School of Business, the Bon Mot Club is hosted by Leah Costello, the Fraser Institute's savvy, leggy blonde spokesperson for the controversial Fraser Institute school report card.      

"Think of it as a TED conference or IdeaCity but just down the street with your own friends, colleagues, and clients," Costello writes on the Bon Mot Club's website.  "We'll send you the featured book in advance---and whether you read it or not, everyone is encouraged to partcipate in a lively discussion with the author and the guests."

Last time I wrote about the Bon Mot Club, Sarah Palin was the featured speaker. So here comes Dick Cheney.

Dick Cheney has openly advocated torture, including describing himself as a “big supporter” of waterboarding. 

A number of local anti-war groups are calling Cheney a war criminal and asking the Canadian government to stop Cheney from entering Canada.

SFU professor Donald Grayston sent this letter to Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Mr Mayor: I am disappointed that you will not emulate the mayor of London in regard to his warning to war criminal George W. Bush. A worse war criminal, Dick Cheney, will be in Vancouver on Monday. I urge you to relocate your spine and ask Chief Chu to arrest him for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The election is coming, and many of us will remember your response.
Don Grayston

Voting resident of Vancouver

Vancouver lawyer Gail Davidson has called for Cheney's arrest.  The Georgia Straight reports that:

The cofounder of the international group Lawyers Against the War wants the government of Canada either to bar the former U.S. vice president from entering the country or, if he’s allowed in, to arrest and prosecute him for torture, war offences, and crimes against humanity. And if Canada isn’t keen on punishing the ex–vice president to former president George W. Bush, Davidson argues, then it should extradite Cheney to a country that is willing and able to prosecute him.

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