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All that's off table is chance to have finger on trigger
24 Feb 2005| The Globe and Mail [Toronto, Ont] A.4. | Paul Koring.

"[Paul Martin] hasn't been able to control the agenda," Mr. [David Biette] said. "He said he wanted better relations [with Washi...
Paul_Martin  NORAD  crossborder 
march 2013 by jerryking
Martin's missile fumble
February 24, 2005 | The Globe and Mail | editorials.

On the issue of ballistic missile defence, as on so many others, Paul Martin has shown exceptionally poor leadership. It has been clear since he became prime minister that, if Mr. Martin had his
way, Canada would sign on to the U.S. system for protecting North America from missile attack. One of his leading aims when he took the job was to shore up Canada's relationship with the United States after the rift over the war in Iraq. Joining missile defence was a heaven-sent chance to do it. Since the early days of the Cold War, Canada has worked hand in hand with the United States on the defence of our shared continent. Missile defence is clearly in that tradition. What Washington was asking of Ottawa was
remarkably modest: a mainly symbolic sign-on, with no risk or cost to this country. If Mr. Martin had been wiser, he would have taken a position right at the start of his prime ministership and said yes, of course Canada will join. Instead, he delayed and, yes, dithered, allowing himself to be overmatched by opposition critics and a vocal minority of his own party. In the process,he showed himself too weak to prevail on an issue that affects our relationship with our closest ally, friend and trading partner.
Paul_Martin  crossborder  editorials 
march 2013 by jerryking
Another tragic chapter in Canada’s aboriginal saga? - The Globe and Mail

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Jan. 08 2013
Under the Conservatives, first nations have not been spared budget cuts. They say the cuts have hurt badly. But even if there’s more money and it’s wisely spent, money isn’t the solution to what ails native people. The problems, the controversies – on housing, health care, alcoholism, land claims, resource revenue, resource exploitation – are too many to count.

The Idle No More movement and Chief Spence’s hunger strike have served the purpose of bringing the issues to the forefront with a Conservative government they claim has been hostile to their interests. It’s hoped that a meeting with the Prime Minister on Friday will set a new working agenda for action. If that agenda is compromised or derailed by revelations of a spending scandal on the reserves, another tragic chapter in our aboriginal saga is upon us.
Lawrence_Martin  aboriginals  Paul_Martin  Stephen_Harper  alcoholism  Jean_Chrétien  Idle_No_More  land_claim_settlements  budget_cuts 
january 2013 by jerryking
Cementing our hobbled global status
February 2005 | G&M | John Ibbitson.

The decision to say no to missile defence will not delay opening the U.S. border to beef exports, or lead to new tariffs on Canadian wheat. The damage is subtler than that. It takes the form of a new indifference, bordering on contempt, from within the Pentagon and State Department toward Canada's defence and foreign policy.

It manifests itself in a deeply discounted assessment in the White House of Paul Martin's abilities as a leader and his trustworthiness as an ally -- although, interestingly, there is almost as much frustration with Conservative Leader Stephen Harper.
And it entrenches an international assessment that Canada is so weak and fractured internally that domestic political considerations are the sole determinant of Canadian foreign policy. Domestic politics have, of course, played a dominant role in Canadian military and foreign policy from conscription to the Vietnam War to the invasion of Iraq. But successful states should be able to act in the global arena as independent players.
crossborder  John_Ibbitson  Paul_Martin  leadership  foreign_policy  fractured_internally 
september 2012 by jerryking

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