A story from Friday that I missed: after a phone call from Dubya, Canadian Prime Minister Chrétien seems to be coming around. (Hat tip: Yoseph Malkin.)
OTTAWA—Prime Minister Jean Chrétien took Canada a step closer to war yesterday, raising the prospect of joining the U.S. and Britain in an attack on Iraq if there is evidence President Saddam Hussein has defied the United Nations.
Chrétien’s endorsement of George W. Bush’s stand came the day after the president telephoned him to talk about the possibility of war in Iraq.
Chrétien said the U.S. doesn’t need to go back to the Security Council a second time for permission to attack — the resolution adopted in November gives a green light for military action if there is evidence that Iraq has failed to disarm or to reveal all its weapons programs.
Under those conditions, Canada could support a U.S.-led war regardless of whether the Security Council passes a second resolution explicitly authorizing an attack, Chrétien suggested yesterday after a day-long cabinet retreat.
“If the Americans or the Brits have great evidence that Saddam Hussein — who is no friend of mine — is not following the instruction of the United Nations … if the proof is made of that — of course Canada will support an activity in there,” the Prime Minister said.
But Canada still has plenty of moonbat “liberal” politicians willing to be mouthpieces for dictators:
Colleen Beaumier (Brampton West-Mississauga), who was recently named parliamentary secretary, met Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz in Baghdad.
Even though she insisted her visit was unofficial, Beaumier told Aziz that Canada intends to closely follow the United Nations resolution on weapons of mass destruction.
“If there are no weapons of mass destruction, then the United States is definitely travelling the wrong path. And if there are no weapons of mass destruction found, then we’re going to have to look at other motives that may possibly be behind (an) American attack,” she said.