Canada Too Dangerous For Former U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney, Cancels Toronto Engagement

– Canada too dangerous for former vice-president (Ottawa Citizen, Mar 13, 2012):

Cheney cancels Toronto engagement

Former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney has cancelled an April appearance in Toronto citing concerns that Canada is too dangerous.

“He felt that in Canada the risk of violent protest was simply too high,” said Ryan Ruppert, president of promotions company Spectre Live Corp., which had booked Cheney for an April 24 appearance at the Metro Toronto convention centre.

In September, Cheney was speaking at a private club in Vancouver when protesters massed outside the front door harassing ticket holders and in one instance, choking a security guard. The former vicepresident was reportedly held inside the building for more than seven hours as Vancouver police in riot gear dispersed the demonstrators.

“God forbid there was ever an emergency,” said Ruppert, noting Cheney’s history of heart problems.

Ticket holders can bring in their tickets for a refund, or go to a replacement talk by author Mark Steyn.

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