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Former VP Cheney Cancels Canada Trip Amid Security Concerns

3/14/2012 4:06 PM ET

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has canceled a trip to Canada due to safety concerns stemming from demonstrations during a visit he made to Vancouver last year.

Cheney had been scheduled to speak about his experience in office and the current American political situation next month at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, The Globe and Mail reported.

During a book tour stop in Vancouver last September, Cheney was greeted by angry demonstrators who called for his arrest on criminal charges related to the treatment of detainees under the Bush Administration.

The former vice president was forced to stay inside his hotel room for several hours when protesters blocked entrances and clashed with police.

That incident was enough to keep Cheney and his daughter Elizabeth from coming back, Spectre Live Corp. event planner Ryan Ruppert told the Globe and Mail.

"After speaking with their security advisers, they changed their mind on coming to the event," Ruppert said. "(They) decided it was better for their personal safety they stay out of Canada."

About 5,000 people were expected to attend Cheney's event. Those who bought tickets will get a full refund or can exchange them for an appearance by free-speech activist Mark Steyn.

by RTT Staff Writer

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