Join Us! Armed Forces Commander to Speak at McGill: Tuesday

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Join Demilitarize McGill on Tuesday to stand against the militarization of our campus and the Canadian government’s suppression of free speech!

This Tuesday, March 24, McGill University is hosting a lecture by Denis Thompson, commander of Canadian and NATO Armed Forces in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The event is sponsored by SNC-Lavalin, a Quebec-based major armed forces contractor and ammunition producer which has made millions from DND contracts in Afghanistan and ammunition contracts with the U.S. military.*

Meanwhile, just last week, Scottish anti-war MP George Galloway was banned from Canada on the grounds that he presents a “national security threat.”** Galloway, an outspoken critic of military occupations from Gaza to Kandahar, was slated to give lectures in Toronto, Missisauga, Ottawa and Montreal (April 1).

What we want to know is, why is the commander of occupation forces in Afghanistan invited to speak at McGill, while opponents of the war are being prevented by the Canadian government from even setting foot in the country??

The government’s actions are a blatant and ludicrous offense to the principle of free speech and democratic dissent. In this light, we consider it unacceptable for McGill to host an event promoting Canada’s military actions in Afghanistan. If our campus is to retain any semblance of democracy, we demand that the McGill Administration officially petition the Canadian government to drop all charges against Mr. Galloway immediately.

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Join Demilitarize McGill on Tuesday for an action to uphold the principle of dissent and democracy on McGill campus and in Canada!

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Meet up at 5:30, Tuesday, March 24

Location: First floor of Shatner (SSMU) building, near main doors.

3480 McTavish, (metro Peel).

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Contact: demilitarizemcgill[at]gmail.com

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*On SNC-Lavalin: SNC-Lavalin: NOII Vancouver and Montreal Gazette.
**On George Galloway: The Guardian (UK); Canadian Press.

Official event listing follows:
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The Montreal Chapter of the Canadian International Council

Is pleased to invite you to a presentation on
“The Struggle for Kandahar: Canadian Soldiers Making a Difference in Afghanistan”
with the following distinguished guest speaker

Brigadier-General Denis Thompson

Commander Task Force Kandahar (May 2008 – February 2009)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009  at 6:30 p.m. – a cocktail will follow

Registration from 6:00 p.m. – Please RSVP to info@cicmontreal.org

McGill Faculty Club, McGill University

3450 McTavish St.

CIC Members and Students: free – Non-CIC members: $10

The presentation will be in English, the question period will be in English and French

SPONSORED BY

SNC-LAVALIN

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Brigadier-General Denis Thompson, Commander Task Force Kandahar (May 2008 – February 2009)

A foreward of the talk: “Brigadier-General Denis Thompson has recently returned from Afghanistan where he was commander of Canadian and NATO Forces throughout Kandahar Province from May 2008 to February 2009. This will be a unique opportunity to get insight into the counter-insurgency struggle currently taking place in the heart of Kandahar Province and learn how Canadian Forces and NATO stood firm during one of the most tumultuous periods in the mission to date. The Brigadier-General will speak on NATO combat operations, the challenges of command during a demanding and complex mission marked with attacks on civilians, school children, government officials and religious leaders as well as the Sarpoza Prison break, and his views on what is required to achieve mission success. You will not want to miss this frank discussion of the challenges the Canadian Forces and NATO face in Afghanistan. You may be interested to learn of the advances being made by Canadian soldiers and civilians in spite of the difficult conditions in this conflict-stricken region.“

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