The American pastor who gained fame by threatening to burn the Qur'an says he looks forward to speaking at a Toronto event Thursday about freedom of speech.

Rev. Terry Jones, of Florida's tiny Dove World Outreach Centre, will enter Canada from Detroit on Thursday morning to attend the event, Freedom Showdown, on the front lawn of the Ontario Legislature.

Jones caused international outrage in 2010, when he planned the "International Burn A Koran Day" to mark the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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