Bush won’t speak at Toronto university

Did petition by former students cause cancellation?

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Former U.S. President George Bush won’t speak at Tyndale College in Toronto next week after all.

The decision was made the same day that alumni launched an anti-Bush website and petition and two days after an employee allegedly quit over the event.

The petition’s website indicates that some former donors to the evangelical Christian school don’t want Bush on campus. There is also a slough of anti-Bush articles posted to the site.

Bush had been booked to speak on Sept. 20 at an invitation-only breakfast for about 150 people. It was sponsored by Prem Watsa, the wealthy chief executive of Fairfax Financial Holdings.

Tyndale has not said who cancelled or why. They wrote on Wednesday on their website that, “unfortunately, due to scheduling change, the breakfast on September 20th 2011 has been cancelled.” Spokesperson Lina van der Wel told the Toronto Star that breakfast will not be rescheduled.

Tyndale University College & Seminary is a degree-granting institution in Toronto’s north-end.