Man­ning says she was de­nied en­try to Canada

Truro Daily News - - CANADA -

OT­TAWA – Pub­lic Safety Min­is­ter Ralph Goodale says no one asked him whether a for­mer U.S. sol­dier who leaked thou­sands of clas­si­fied mil­i­tary doc­u­ments should be deemed in­ad­mis­si­ble to Canada be­cause of her con­vic­tions.

But Goodale sug­gested he’d think hard be­fore over­rul­ing a bor­der of­fi­cer’s de­ci­sion that saw Chelsea Man­ning turned away from Canada last week.

“No such re­quest has been made to me with re­spect to that mat­ter,” Goodale said.

Man­ning is a 29-year-old trans­gen­der woman who was known as Bradley Man­ning when she was con­victed in 2013 of leaking the trove of clas­si­fied ma­te­rial.

On Mon­day, she posted a let­ter from Cana­dian im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials to her Twit­ter ac­count that said be­cause she was con­victed of of­fences that are deemed equiv­a­lent to trea­son in Canada, she’s in­ad­mis­si­ble to this coun­try for what’s known as “se­ri­ous crim­i­nal­ity.”

The no­tice Man­ning posted said she tried to cross at the of­fi­cial bor­der of­fice at La­colle, Que., on Fri­day.

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