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Where do Liberal leadership contenders stand on Nanoose Bay? PDF Print E-mail
Peace News
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 13:54
Where do Liberal leadership contenders stand on Nanoose Bay?

PEJ News - Gregory Hartnell - It's disappointing, but not surprising, to learn that former Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chretien showed less resolve in confronting American hegemony over the Nanoose Bay weapons testing range than he did over whether to send Canadian troups to Iraq.

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Where do Liberal leadership contenders stand on Nanoose Bay?

Gregory Hartnell

PEJ News
November 8, 2006


Open letter to the Editor of the Globe and Mail
(Chretien caved in to U.S. over arms, book says, Nov. 6).


In the former case, instead of heeding the well-considered advice of fromer Progressive Conservative Prime Minister Joe Clark (who warned against the federal government's expropriation of the provincial seabed and its danger to Canadian sovereignty), joining forces with then-NDP B.C. premier Glen Clark, and cancelling the unpopular polluting torpedo and other weapons testing practices of the U.S. Navy nuclear ships that berth at Nanoose Bay, he chose the easier path of acquiescence. In the latter case, he correctly heeeded the will of the majority of the Canadian people, and wisely stayed out of an unjust war.

Not being half the Canadian nationalists that either of the Clarks are, Conservative Prime Minister Steven Harper is not likely to change the status quo he inherited from Prime Ministers Chretien and Martin. This begs the question: where do the current Liberal leadership contenders stand on this stilll topical issue of Canadian sovereignty?

Gregory Hartnell

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