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Martin will reject missile defence

  1. Feb 22, 2005 #1
    Martin will reject missile defence: report
    Last Updated Tue, 22 Feb 2005 22:53:34 EST
    CBC News
    OTTAWA - Prime Minister Paul Martin will reject Canadian participation in the U.S. missile defence program, CBC News has learned.

    Martin plans to announce in the House of Commons as early as Thursday that the country will not partake fully in the controversial program, the CBC's French-language network reported Tuesday.

    The news comes hours after Canada's next ambassador to the United States, Frank McKenna, set off a storm by saying Canada is already taking part in the program because it has agreed Norad can monitor the skies for incoming missiles.

    Martin's planned announcement will mark an abrupt change from his position 16 months ago during the Liberal leadership race, when he signaled that Canada should partake in missile defence. Since then, Martin has insisted that he hasn't reached a decision on whether Canada should be a full partner.

    And just two months ago, U.S. President George W. Bush pressed Martin publicly to sign on, saying on a visit to Halifax that he hoped the two countries would soon move forward to co-operate on ballistic missile defence.

    But federal officials, who wished to remain anonymous, told the CBC's Radio-Canada that domestic considerations may have outweighed pressure from Washington.



    & from canwest:
    Martin will say No to U.S. missile shield in surprise announcement

    50 minutes ago


    OTTAWA (CP) - Prime Minister Paul Martin will deliver a firm No to Canadian participation in the U.S. missile defence plan and break a lengthy silence that fomented confusion on both sides of the border.

    The announcement, first reported by a radio station and confirmed by federal officials Tuesday night, will come Thursday and end a streak of obfuscation where Martin refused to state Canada's position.

    News of the announcement follows a day of confusion on Parliament Hill after Frank McKenna, Martin's choice to be the next ambassador to the U.S., sparked a political firestorm by saying participation in the controversial continental missile defence system is a done deal.

    The end of Martin's silence will come as an about-face for a prime minister who had repeatedly stated his support for missile defence when he was a Liberal leadership candidate barely a year ago.

    Martin had promised a new era of Canada-U.S. relations after bitter divisions over the war in Iraq (news - web sites). But American officials had warned it would be an inauspicious start to any new era if Canada refused to join the missile plan.


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  3. Feb 23, 2005 #2


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    Canada being involved in this in the first place sounds like brown nozing, could think for themselves rather than merrily going along.
  4. Feb 23, 2005 #3
    Hey, maybe Martin isn't completely useless after all.
  5. Feb 24, 2005 #4
  6. Feb 24, 2005 #5


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    You Canadians out there just lost your sovereignty ... LOL and what a :yuck: .
  7. Feb 24, 2005 #6
    Did any one read the artical on "Holes In The Missile shield" in Scientific American (nov 2004) by Richard L. Garwin. Well he gave lecture at my school last friday. I don't know why we are even have this program. Yet another reason to hate "dubba".
  8. Feb 25, 2005 #7
    Good for them. Missile defense is a technological failure and has repeatedly been shown to be a waste of time and money. One way or another, if they had accepted the defense, they'd have paid for it.

    At least they have the intelectual and political honesty to say no. If only we did.
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