Roosh V not welcome in Canada but can he be kept out?

Everybody’s favourite so-called “pick-up artist” Roosh V is making waves again. A recent online post hinted that there could be a meet-up for Roosh V and his followers in Ottawa.

Ottawa mayor Jim Watson immediately tweeted that V wasn’t welcome in Ottawa and told his staff that facilities were not to be rented for a Return of Kings (his blog) meet-up.

Roosh V has attracted a lot of backlash around the world due to his pro-rape, anti-feminist views.

Though V may possibly already be in Canada, the question is whether Canada could deny him entry.

The first question to ask is whether he has a criminal record. As a foreign national (he’s American), if Roosh V had a criminal record, then he may not be admissible, depending on the crime committed and sentence served. S. 36 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act deals with foreign nationals and serious crimes and whether such people are admissible for entry into Canada.

See: Can celebrities with criminal records enter Canada?

However, it doesn’t look like Roosh has committed crimes in his past, so is there another way to keep him out of the country?

S. 319 of the Criminal Code of Canada forbids public incitement of hatred and states: “Every one who, by communicating statements in any public place, incites hatred against any identifiable group where such incitement is likely to lead to a breach of the peace is guilty of…

  • (a) an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years; or
  • (b) an offence punishable on summary conviction.”

CBC News asked constitutional lawyer Mathieu Bouchard last July whether Roosh V could be kept out of Canada. Bouchard thought a case could be made to keep him out, if Canada Border Services Agency agents (CBSA) feel he is coming to Canada to promote hate speech. However, Bouchard was also skeptical whether Roosh V’s comments up to that point, could be construed as hate speech.

So, whether we like it or not, until a CBSA agent denies Roosh V entry into Canada, there is nothing barring him from entering the country.

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