Canada's Martin Denies Agreeing to U.S. Missile Defense Plan
Jan. 10, 2005
Jan. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Canada's Prime Minister Paul Martin denied giving assurances to the U.S. that Canada would join the U.S. ballistic-missile defense system for North America by the end of March.
``No such assurances were given,'' Martin told reporters outside parliament in Ottawa today.
Canada poised to join missile project before 2004 election: documents
Jan. 13, 2005
OTTAWA - Previously unreleased documents from late 2003 and early 2004 show Canada was close to signing a deal to join the U.S. missile defence program before last June's federal election.
The documents, obtained by CBC News under the Access to Information Act, show Prime Minister Paul Martin's government was committed to the program.
PM says missile defense to be decided in fall
Apr. 29, 2004
CTV.ca News Staff
The government is denying reports that it is set to become a partner in the American space-based missile shield.
In Ottawa, Finance Minister Ralph Goodale says the government remains "absolutely opposed" to the program.
And in Washington, D.C., Prime Minister Paul Martin said a final decision will be made in the fall.
Responding to a report in The Globe and Mail on Thursday, Goodale told reporters the suggestion Martin has already given his approval to the aerospace early warning system are off base.
"As much as I respect The Globe and Mail, sometimes there needs to be just a bit more caucus research," the finance minister said in Ottawa.
What is this Paul Martin's happy hour or something? Someone should turn off the taps in Ottawa and quick.