George W. Bush, who left office with one of the lowest popularity ratings in U.S. history, kicks off his unofficial post-presidential image rehabilitation tour with a speech in Calgary tomorrow.
But protesters say "Dubya" doesn't deserve a soapbox -- he should be arrested for the alleged torture of prisoners in U.S. military camps.
At the closely controlled private event, he'll face some 1,500 friendly faces brought in by organizers and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. Tickets reportedly cost $400 each.
Bush is to discuss "eight momentous years in the Oval Office," and "challenges facing the world in the 21st century."
Protesters like Toby Pollett promise to be outside the convention centre venue in full force.
"It's a war criminal being invited to Canada by a municipal representative body to . . . have a chat," he said.
Bush left office Jan. 20 when President Barack Obama was sworn in. His image was battered by constant criticism over a crumbling economy and the Iraq war.