The former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont has been denied a visa by the Canadian government after he was invited to speak in the country by Quebec separatists.
Puigdemont’s electronic travel authorization (ETA) was revoked the night before he was due to fly to Quebec for a speaking tour with the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal – an organization that advocates for Quebec’s independence.

A spokesperson for the Canadian immigration minister, Ahmed Hussen, refused to comment on the individual case but said reasons for revoking an ETA include “criminality, having a serious health problem, having lied in their application or during an interview.”

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