Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Saturday, March 22, 2003

Arrogant Canadian Watch. This is another example of what would the media say if Bush had released a statement reminding all of the city councils that have been passing anti-war resolutions that they do not speak for American Foreign Policy.

Mr. Klein joins two other premiers who have distanced themselves from the way the federal government has handled the crisis in Iraq. Ontario Premier Ernie Eves said Thursday that Canada should be at war alongside its long-standing ally. And British Columbia's Gordon Campbell was critical yesterday of Energy Minister Herb Dhaliwal for his controversial comments about U.S. President George W. Bush.

The Prime Minister's Office responded yesterday by reminding Mr. Klein that Mr. Chr├ętien speaks for Canada on foreign issues.

The Alberta Premier is out of touch with how Canadians think, Mr. Chr├ętien's communications chief, Jim Munson, said.

"This wouldn't be the first time that Mr. Klein's views don't reflect the opinions of the vast majority of Canadians," Mr. Munson said. "He's entitled to his opinion, but on foreign policy the Prime Minister speaks for Canada.

"The Prime Minister tried to bridge the gap for peace, [but] the reality is war. Let's hope it ends quickly with a minimum of civilian casualties."

Mr. Klein didn't disagree yesterday with Mr. Munson's assessment that the Prime Minister speaks for Canada.

"The Prime Minister is absolutely right: I am entitled to my opinion, I'll express it and he knows it," the Premier said.

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