Is the world a better place?
Over the past weeks Prime Minister Paul Martin has spent a lot of time abroad. From the Summit of the Americas to APEC, the PM has talked about trade. In fact, during this time Canadian foreign policy has become mostly, perhaps exclusively, about trade issues. The PM, wanting to promote it, especially on again off again with places like Japan and Mexico, is concerned that some parts of the world, notably the US, have turned their back on it in all but rhetoric. The PM also keeps talking a lot about just wanting to “govern” suggesting, perhaps, he’s afraid he hasn’t been doing enough “governing” in the recent past? In any event, a no confidence vote in the Commons may bring down the minority government before the end of this month, so Martin may have to win an election before he can really get serious about “governing.”
In other parts of the world, rioting in France has de-escalated to acceptable levels, and Washington lawmakers are debating and quarrelling over the issue of an Iraq pullout. In fact, some are stating their case in such a way that it appears they really do believe an immediate pullout is something of an option at this time.
Meantime, in local affairs, It Happened in British Columbia:http://www.cknw.com/news/news_local.cfm?cat=7428872912&rem=24008&red=80187223aPBIny&wids=410&gi=1&gm=news_local.cfm
Posted by Stan Markotich
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