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Bush Jr. will be in Calgary March 17 for private speach
03-17-2009, 01:05 AM,
Bush Jr. will be in Calgary March 17 for private speach

George W. Bush to give talk in Calgary

Updated Thu. Feb. 12 2009 7:38 PM ET

The Canadian Press

CALGARY -- A Calgary audience might be the first group to hear George W. Bush's take on the state of the world since he stepped down as U.S. president earlier this year.

Bush is to speak to an anticipated audience of 1,500 at a private event in the city on March 17, according to organizers Andy McCreath and Christian Darbyshire.

"It's our understanding it's one of the first -- if not the first -- times he'll speak since leaving office," said Geoff Pradella, vice-president of public and government affairs at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, which is partnering in the event.

"I imagine it'll be a reflection on issues that arose during his time in office, and maybe drawing from that his perspectives on the way forward."

Darbyshire declined to give details on how much tickets will cost, what Bush will speak about or whether the former president is being paid for his appearance.

A spokesman with the Office of George W. Bush in Dallas also declined comment.

Invitations to the event say Bush will share his thoughts "on eight momentous years in the Oval Office." The former president will also speak about "the challenges facing the world in the 21st century."

Bush left office Jan. 20 when President Barack Obama was sworn in. His image was bruised at the time, with the highest disapproval rating since Richard Nixon and a panel of historians ranking him as the worst president in American history.

In his farewell speech as president, Bush said he hoped people will remember that he was willing to make tough decisions through eight years in office that included the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and ensuing military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

An appearance in Calgary is a good way for the former president to try "dipping his toe" in the public arena, said David Taras, a University of Calgary political science professor.

"I think he's probably nervous about how he'll be received, and so Calgary's a safe place," he said, pointing out the city is very conservative and pro-American.

Yet he predicted that with opinion polls suggesting people across Canada blame Bush for the current global economic crisis, the reception will be polite, but not enthusiastic.

"There is a lot of anger and there is a sense it was a failed presidency."

Interest from people in hearing the former president speak has already been strong, said Pradella.

"We've had what I would describe as a pretty favourable response so far," he said.

Bush's speech, combined with similar visits from other former high-ranking politicians such as Tony Blair and Bill Clinton, show Calgary's "growing international stature," he added.

The event is not open to the public or media.

Pradella said while the chamber is not providing financial support for the event, it is doing marketing work and offering tickets to some members.

Other partners include the Ernst & Young accounting firm, the Bennett Jones law firm and the Calgary CFA Society, a professional organization for financial analysts.


We Dare Not Blink: Canada's Duty to Arrest George W. Bush

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen; my congratulations and gratitude to Canada’s peace movement and its many organizations and individuals protesting the March 17th, 2009 appearance of former US President George W. Bush for a speech at a “private” lunch in Calgary.

Former U.S. Attorney General Clark calls for Bush arrest.

While the primary responsibility for addressing the Bush administration’s involvement in crimes against peace, war crimes and crimes against humanity rests with the people of the United States, because we both enabled then failed to arrest his acts, there is necessarily universal jurisdiction over such crimes if humanity is to end the scourge of war.

We dare not blink at the magnitude, diversity and pervasive impact of the known crimes committed by the Bush administration. Wars of aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Supreme International Crime, have killed hundreds of thousands outright, wounded, sickened and malnourished many more than they have killed and sent millions as refugees to neighboring nations while rendering homeless millions more.

Indiscriminate killing of civilians, summary execution, arbitrary seizures of people and property, secret unlimited detention and torture have been authorized, widely practiced and both defended and denied publicly. President Bush, the self-proclaimed “decider,” reached for unlimited dictatorial power whenever he proclaimed the national security was threatened. And he considered himself above the law where domestic affairs were concerned even a he signed Acts of Congress into law.

A culture of corruption in contracting for security services, war relief programs, reconstruction in war- devastated countries have unjustly enriched favored predators abroad while at home mortgage lenders, banks, insurance companies and corporate executives exploited Bush administration policies intending enrichment of the rich that with the radically increased national war debt and military spending have led to the collapse of the global economy, threatening massive unemployment and world wide depression with all their consequences for the general welfare.

Widespread illegal surveillance, at home and abroad, persecution, harassment of and discrimination against Muslims, other minorities and against political opposition by U.S. government agencies- the Immigration Service, Border Patrol, IRS, FBI, prosecution by the Department of Justice- have violated the most precious rights of citizens and aliens alike, injured the United States in international relations and cooperation and made new enemies of many nations. Corrupt conduct by Bush politicized appointees, committing crimes in at least six Executive Departments, most notably Interior and Justice, has brought lawlessness into the government bureaucracy itself, costing billions of dollars and creating distrust of government.

Having failed to impeach President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and other Civil officers of the U.S. for their supreme international crime while they were in office, a broad coalition of peace, human rights, labor, law, environmental and other organizations are now vigorously seeking U.S. prosecution for their crimes. Your acts in common cause are an enormous encouragement.

With unity, cooperation and perseverance, we shall overcome, or be undone, together. We dare not fail.

Ramsey Clark, March 12, 2009

(Former U.S, Attorney General)

Short Biography: William Ramsey Clark (born December 18, 1927) is a lawyer and former United States Attorney General. He worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, which included service as the 66th United States Attorney General under President Lyndon B. Johnson. He is an activist known for his continuing advocacy for the civil and human rights causes.

PRESS RELEASE: “We dare not blink at the magnitude, diversity and pervasive impact of the known crimes committed by the Bush administration” says Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark
The Coalition of the Willing
March 12th, 2009
03-17-2009, 02:17 AM, (This post was last modified: 03-17-2009, 02:18 AM by ---.)
Bush Jr. will be in Calgary March 17 for private speach
Take that motherfucker down, Mike :LOL:
03-17-2009, 03:48 AM,
Bush Jr. will be in Calgary March 17 for private speach
Where's the venue?
03-17-2009, 04:01 AM,
Bush Jr. will be in Calgary March 17 for private speach
Use the old boot, a second time would sure as hell be funny still. Bush would probably finally understand that he deserves to dig a hole and bury himself.
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03-17-2009, 04:30 AM,
Bush Jr. will be in Calgary March 17 for private speach
Quote:Use the old boot,

I'd rather use a pie.
03-17-2009, 04:51 AM,
Bush Jr. will be in Calgary March 17 for private speach
Quote:Where's the venue?

Telus Convention Centre

George W. Bush to speak in Calgary

Canwest News ServiceFebruary 13, 2009

Former United States president George W. Bush is coming to Calgary for his first confirmed speaking event since leaving office last month. The private event, billed as "A Conversation with George W. Bush," is to be held March 17 at the Telus Convention Centre. Bush is to share his "thoughts on his eight momentous years in the Oval Office," according to the event material. About 1,500 people are expected to attend.
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