Wikileaks: Chretien and his lie about Iraq War

Ex-Liberal PM Jean Chretien loves to tell his media friends and Liberal cronies that one of his greatest and most popular achievements was to keep Canada out of Iraq:

“For the independence of the country, saying no to the Americans on the war was a great moment for Canada” (see here)

Like so many of Chretien’s tales, this one is looks like a lie as well. There’s a memo showing Canada, with Chretien’s blessing, was prepared to secretly commit to a very substantial military involvement:

“for domestic political reasons … the GOC [Government of Canada] has decided not to join in a U.S. coalition of the willing. They are also prepared to be as helpful as possible in the military margins.”

Will those same Ottawa Press Gallery members who are always so keen to re-tell Chretien’s stories use their Liberal Party contacts to dig into this further or choose to ignore it, hoping that it goes away? (see here)

4 Responses to “Wikileaks: Chretien and his lie about Iraq War”

  1. Liz J Says:

    If anyone has the time to sleuth to find the video of Chretien telling us he would get rid of the GST. I recall a reporter asking him if he would be scraping the GST, his reply was “it’s gone”.
    Sheila Copps believed him and ran her campaign on it, then had to resign and run again on principle.

  2. john davis Says:

    “U.S. pokes fun at Harper’s Arctic pledges” was a wikileak from last week and all the Canadian media ran with it. We are currently hearing about this Chretien incident, but we haven’t heard it from the media. If you ask me the latter is the much larger story…it should be reported.

  3. Sixth Estate Says:

    I’m not surprised. It was already a matter of public record that we had more assets in the Gulf in 2003 than 1991 (except fighters, obviously). This is just confirmation of something the media should have been onto literally 8 years ago now.

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