Former 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)