Dick Cheney cancels Canadian speech over “security concerns”

Dick CheneyFormer Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter, Liz, were scheduled to do a speech in April at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. Now, six weeks away, organizers are announcing that the event has been canceled, citing security concerns.

Spectre Live, the organization sponsoring the Cheneys in Toronto issued a statement saying that the Cheney family made the unilateral decision to cancel their Toronto engagement after reconsidering fallout at the former Vice President’s last Canadian event.

In September of 2011, Dick Cheney was protested at a speech in Vancouver, where an NDP Member of Parliament threatened legal action against Cheney days prior.

While Dick Cheney may be too afraid to enter Canada, bestselling author Mark Steyn will be taking to the stage as a replacement with ‘Steynamite’, where Steyn will be taking his fearless brand of commentary and analysis to the stage for Torontonians to hear.

Ryan Ruppert, president of Spectre Live and organizer for the Cheney event said, “While we are disheartened that the Cheneys do not feel comfortable coming to Canada, we are gratified that our own Mark Steyn will not be intimidated either by protestors or government censors.” He added, “On April 24th, Mark will exercise his freedom of expression at the Metro Convention Centre with bestselling author Michael Coren.”

Tickets are available with discounted prices for earlybirds at Spectre Live’s Steynamite page.

Listen to Mark Steyn talk about the cancellation on The Rush Limbaugh Show. (AUDIO)


Andrew Lawton is Landmark Report's founder and publisher and a North American radio and television personality. In addition to hosting The Andrew Lawton Show on AM980 in London, Ontario, he is also a contributor on Canada's Sun News Network. Andrew, the King of Canadian Social Media, tweets as @AndrewLawton.

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7 Responses to “Dick Cheney cancels Canadian speech over “security concerns””

  1. Don Sharpe says:

    Shame that Mr Cheney doesn’t feel safe in Canada, good heavens, where else could he be more safe?

    With ‘The Fabulous’ Mark Steyn stepping up to perform, the event is still a go!!
    I’ll actually be in Sderot, Israel on April 24, otherwise I’d be there for sure. Have a great event, Mark!

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    So, Afghanistan is safer than Canada? ; ) I assume they have good hospitals there, at least one that specialized in heart conditions.

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