Cheney sites safety concerns for cancellation of visit to Canada
March 13, 2012
Former U.S. vice president Dick Cheney recently scheduled a trip to Canada, but backed out shortly thereafter due to safety concerns. The Canadian Press reports that Cheney visited Vancouver last year on a book tour, and was met with protesters who called his a war criminal.
The former leader, along with his daughter, was supposed to speak about his time in office and America's current political standing at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in late April.
"After speaking with their security advisors, they changed their minds on coming to the event," Ryan Ruppert, the president of the Spectre Live promotions, the company that booked Cheney's appearance, told the news source. "(They) decided it was better for their personal safety to stay out of Canada."
The protesters who showed up at Cheney's Vancouver appearance in the fall of 2011 booed event guests and one man was even arrested for attempting to choke a staff member of the venue. The National Post reports Cheney was forced to remain inside the club where the event was to be held for seven hours until it was deemed safe enough for him to leave.