Adil Charkaoui, one of the men held on security certificates, spoke in Fredericton on Tuesday, June 2. The talk was hosted by the Fredericton Peace Coalition. Adil’s public lecture at Renaissance College began at 7:00 pm. Dave Steele, who introduced Adil, opened with news that the N.B. Federation of Labour had just passed a resolution condemning security certificates at their convention. Adil told his story to a crowd of approximately 30 people. The audience was clearly moved by Adil’s story and took postcards to send to their MPs. The postcards called for an end to security certificates. T-shirts were sold and materials were taken from the table. Adil’s talk was recorded for the campus radio station CHSR. Earlier in the day, Adil did an interview on the local CBC morning show.
On Wednesday, June 3, Adil began the day with a presentation in Marc Gionet’s human rights course at St. Thomas University. A brown bag luncheon with approximately 10 professors was arranged by criminology professor Josephine Savarese. Adil then gave a presentation in Professor Robin Vose’s history class before heading to the airport mid-afternoon.
Unfortunately, Adil’s flight was turned around en route to Montreal. Adil was told that his GPS unit ws not working and that Canadian Border Services Agency personnel would have to accompany him until the GPS unit was working again. Adil made it home safe and sound one day after originally planned. The Fredericton Peace Coalition supports Adil’s calls for an inquiry into why his flight was turned around. Adil is on cross-country speaking tour and has had no problems flying to Halifax and Vancouver.