Haider Denied Holocaust Center Trip http://www6.nytimes.com/aponline/i/AP-Canada-Haider.html By The Associated Press TORONTO (AP) -- Austrian right-wing political figure Joerg Haider, on an unannounced private visit to Canada, was prohibited from touring Montreal's Holocaust Center on Wednesday. Moshe Ronen, president of the Canadian Jewish Congress, said Canada's Jewish community was concerned about Haider's unannounced visit and questioned Haider's motives in asking to tour the Holocaust center. ``Our advice to the museum was not to accommodate this bizarre request,'' Ronen said. ``They did not accommodate the visit.'' Haider's itinerary was unknown. Journalists gathered at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Montreal, where he was believed to be staying, but there was no comment from Haider or any associates. Canada has downgraded relations with Austria over the inclusion of Haider's Freedom Party in the government. Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy said Wednesday that Canada received no advance notice that Haider would be arriving Tuesday night. ``Certainly there was no indication from the Austrian government or embassy that he would be coming,'' Axworthy said. ``It is unusual but there is no visa requirement for Austrian citizens so anybody can get on a plane and arrive in Canada and if they have a proper passport they are given entry.'' Since Haider's Freedom Party became part of Austria's coalition government on Feb. 4, several countries have protested. Israel withdrew its ambassador from Vienna, and Israeli Interior Minister Natan Sharansky has banned the populist leader from entering the country. Haider has praised Adolf Hitler's ``orderly'' economic policies and has described SS veterans as honorable. He has since apologized for remarks that specifically offended Jews, but many say that his anti-immigrant rhetoric deliberately echoes Austria's fascist past. On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak said Haider would never persuade the world that his views were not racist. In a speech welcoming German President Johannes Rau to Israel's parliament, Barak said Haider's attempts to calm Israel and the world about his intentions did not deceive him. ``It was not the slips of the tongue that shocked us,'' Barak said. ``It was the opinions, the true, racist and antidemocratic opinions that Joerg Haider may try to refrain from expressing openly from now on.''
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