Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Canadians Divided Over Missile Shield Pact 

Well, that would be the CNN headline anyway:
Canadians are giving Prime Minister Paul Martin an overwhelming thumbs up for his refusal to join the U.S. missile defence project, a new poll suggests.

The numbers offer some vindication for Mr. Martin as he heads into a meeting Wednesday with U.S. President George W. Bush armed with Canadian public sentiment on his side.

The Prime Minister angered the White House and drew scorn from critics at home, but two-thirds of poll respondents — 57 per cent compared to 26 per cent — supported him, according to the survey by Decima Inc. ...

The Decima poll indicates Mr. Martin would have flown into a public opinion hurricane had he decided to take part in Mr. Bush's missile program.

Virtually every constituency in the country approved of Canada's stand — from teenagers to senior citizens, men and women, urban and rural dwellers, and a majority of respondents in every single province.
(via The Globe and Mail)

To be fair, the Globe and Mail, which editorially criticized Martin over the decision, had its own, CNN-worthy head: "Martin move on missiles politically correct".

It's called political accountability, guys. If you don't want it, I can think of a neighbor who could desperately use some.

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