Harper's Arctic Stand Makes For Grand Politics

Posted on Saturday, January 28 at 14:11 by Anonymous
The adroit ambassador can always be counted on to say something that lets Canadian prime ministers stand up and pound their nationalist breasts. In December, he gave Liberal Leader Paul Martin a boost in the polls by attacking him for criticizing George W. Bush. This week, it was Harper's turn to get a helping hand. "The United States defends its sovereignty; the Canadian government will defend our sovereignty," the Conservative leader warned sternly on Thursday. "It is the Canadian people that we get our mandate from, not the ambassador of the United States." Huzzah. Take that, George W. In fact, most media hadn't paid attention to Wilkins' remarks, largely because they weren't news. The United States, as well as Japan and the European Union, insist that the ice-choked passage, which winds through the archipelago of the Canadian Arctic to link the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, is an international waterway. http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1138404334055&call_pageid=968332188774&col=968350116467 [Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on January 29, 2006]

Note: http://www.thestar.com/...

Contributed By


Topic



Article Rating

 (0 votes) 

Options




Comments



    You need to be a member and be logged into the site, to comment on stories.



    Latest Editorials

    more articles »

    Your Voice

    To post to the site, just sign up for a free membership/user account and then hit submit. Posts in English or French are welcome. You can email any other suggestions or comments on site content to the site editor. (Please note that Vive le Canada does not necessarily endorse the opinions or comments posted on the site.)

    canadian bloggers | canadian news