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Dick Cheney cancels trip to Canada because it's too dangerous

The former vice president of the United States said that the risk of violent protest during his visit was too high.

Prince of Darkness and Canada-fearer Dick Cheney
Prince of Darkness and Canada-fearer Dick Cheney
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FORMER US VICE President Dick Cheney has cancelled a planned trip to Toronto citing fears that Canada is too dangerous for him to visit.

In a statement by the event promoters, Cheney said there were security concerns stemming from his most recent visit to Canada in September last year and that the risk of violent protest was too high.

Cheney, who served as vice president for eight years under George W Bush, was forced to stay inside a building for more than seven hours when he visited Vancouver in September 2011 when protesters surrounded the building.

Several days before he arrived in Canada, an MP had called on the Canadian Minister for Immigration to deny entry to Cheney for his role in the war on terror.

Cheney had been due to appear in Toronto in April to talk about his time in office. The promoters of the talk said they were “disheartened” that Dick Cheney and his daughter Elizabeth did not feel comfortable coming to Canada.

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