By LAWRENCE MARTIN
Thursday, June 3, 2004
Stephen Harper has a McGuinty-sized problem on his hands -- on an issue even bigger than taxes.
The Chrétien government's decision not to enter the Iraq war is a defining moment in Canada's foreign-policy history. It is now supported, according to a recent CBC poll, by a staggering 79 per cent of the population.
The record shows that Mr. Harper and his Conservatives wanted to enter that war. But, fearing that it would cost him badly at the polls, Mr. Harper is now trying to squirm his way out of it, saying he only wanted increased moral support for the conflict, not military support. The new line -- offered while crying "Dalton" at the Liberals for their tax-pledge reversal in the Ontario budget -- doesn't stand up to scrutiny.
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