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Monday, November 24, 2003

Oh No, Canada!
How utterly depressing. Our cool neighbor to the north has a new prime minister, and he apparently suffers from neocon tendencies. Or more accurately, his country may soon suffer from his neocon tendencies, and so might the many sane Americans who see Canada as a potential refuge from fortress USA.

[New PM Paul] Martin has made building a closer personal relationship with President Bush a high priority. A few days after meeting with U.S. Ambassador Paul Cellucci in April, he announced his intention to lead Canada into NMD, increase military spending to build a more aggressive combat force and even break with the United Nations and go to war if necessary.

By signing on with the Americans' security priorities, Martin seems to be siding with Canada's corporate community, which is anxious to more closely integrate the Canadian and U.S. economies through greater military and security cooperation.
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