04/11/2014 01:00 EDT | Updated 06/11/2014 05:59 EDT

U.S. anti-gay activist allowed into Canada after brief delay

REGINA - An American anti-gay activist has been allowed into Canada after customs officers delayed him at the Regina airport over hate speech concerns.

Peter LaBarbera says he was scheduled to speak at a pro-life meeting in Weyburn, Sask., this weekend when customs officials stopped him earlier today at the Regina airport.

After he told the officials why he was coming to Canada, LaBarbera says they checked out his group's website, searched his laptop and told him he may be breaking Canadian hate-speech laws.

He was initially told he couldn't enter Canada.

But that decision was reversed a short time later.

LaBarbera says he was treated fairly and reasonably and hopes to be able to engage protesters expected at his speech in debate.