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Wednesday, 20 April 2005 15:37

Liberals Abandoning Lester B. Pearson for George W. Bush, Group Fears

Polaris
(Ottawa): Prime Minister Martin?s long awaited International Policy Statement is raising concerns amongst defence and security experts who support Canada?s traditional role as a supporter of UN peacekeeping missions and
international law. ?The Liberals are using the billions of dollars in increased defence spending to build up a military that is more suited to help the Americans fight their next pre-emptive war than to support UN peacekeeping,? said Steven Staples, a defence analyst with the Polaris Institute which is a public-interest research group based in Ottawa.

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Canada's International Policy statement is at www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/cip-pic/ips/ips-overview3-en.asp

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Subject: Release: Liberals Abandoning Lester B. Pearson for George W. Bush, Group Fears
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2005 13:43:19 -0400

Media Release
For immediate release
19 April 2005

Liberals Abandoning Lester B. Pearson for George W. Bush, Group Fears

In one of the most contentious objectives, the International Policy
Statement released today expressed the Liberal government?s intention to
transform the military so it is capable of deploying quickly with U.S.
forces, as well as greatly expanding Canada?s secret commando force, JTF2,
for counter-insurgency operations.

?This policy statement was written in Washington ? not in Canada,? said
Staples. ?Increased Canadian military integration with the United States
military will undermine Canada?s ability to pursue an independent foreign
policy and bring our military into conflict with the spirit, if not the
letter of international law.?

?We can have an independent military that supports the United Nations and
international law, or we can have a military that?s tied to the Pentagon ?
but we can?t have both,? said Staples.

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Contact:
Steven Staples, Polaris Institute
613 237-1717, cel 613 290-2695.

 

 


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Steven Staples
Director,
Project on the Corporate-Security State
Polaris Institute
312 Cooper Street
Ottawa, Ontario  K2P 0G7
CANADA
t. 613 237-1717 x107
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