50 Cent Wanted Out of Canada By MP

Published: 2005-11-24
Liberal member of parliament Dan McTeague doesn't think it's a good idea for rapper 50 Cent to come to Canada.

The controversial rapper is scheduled to visit this country starting on December 3rd as part of his latest tour. He has seven tour dates this side of the border, beginning in Vancouver and ending December 21st in Ottawa. In between, he plans to hit Halifax, St. John's, Quebec City, Montreal, and Toronto.

But McTeague, who is the MP for PickeringóScarborough East, wants to block 50 Cent from entering the country. "I think it's time we send a message of our own to those who glorify violence that their gratuitous violence and movies are not welcome in our country," McTeague told CBC.

The rapper, born Curtis Jackson, has been shot nine times and wears a bulletproof vest in public, and is continually criticized for promoting guns and violence. Posters for his new film, Get Rich or Die Trying, which portray Jackson with a gun in one hand and a microphone in the other, were recently removed from areas near schools after protests.

To go along with his gangster image, Fiddy has a very real criminal record, so in order to enter the country he needs special permission from immigration minister Joe Volpe. A spokesperson for Volpe told CBC that these permits are issued "regularly." But McTeague has written a letter to the minister asking him not to allow Jackson in.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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