March 22, 2003



Yahoo News reports that Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien is suddenly concerned about Canadian anti-Americanism. (Thanks to zulubaby at LGF)

UPDATE: At his blog, Right On!, Tim G. has excerpts from Canadian editorials critical of Mr. Chretienís "anti-war" stance.

UPDATE: Mark Steyn writes of Canada: Our War, Too.

UPDATE: Majority of Canadians want Canada to back U.S., survey says; and Now Ottawa backs U.S.'s war with Iraq. (Hat tip Bill de Haan)

UPDATE: Canadian Friends of America. (Hat tip

Posted by Forkum at March 22, 2003 12:50 AM


Typical leftist hypocrisy.


I've been speaking with a Canuck lately, and let me tell you, it ain't a pretty thing. Bitter, cynical, in a rage barely concealed as bored cynicism.

I've had to rather forcefully remind him a couple of times that I'm an American, cut from the old cloth, and that shit doesn't play well with me.

Posted by: Eichra Oren at March 22, 2003 03:16 AM

KNow what would make a GREAT cartoon? Picture Saddam with an evil grin, holding an Iraqi child (and mother?) as his protection between him and US soldiers...

Posted by: Jeff at March 22, 2003 07:58 AM

As always, guys, a great cartoon with more than a kernel of truth. I will never forgive Chretien for letting down those Canadians from the old school like myself, who even as a matter of tradition have always stood side-by-side with our neighbours and cousins, the Americans. So many of us have inter-married and some even carry dual citizenship, that we were beyond appalled to learn Chretien would take this position.

We wish a safe and successful completion of this huge task to America and its allies. God Bless America!

Elizabeth from LGF

Posted by: Elizabeth at March 22, 2003 09:22 AM

Except for glaring examples (such as the French and Germans) 99% of Americans understand that leftist hypocrisy and anti-American rhetoric is just that: hypocrisy and rhetoric.
We know it's not Canada and that it doesn't represent all Canadians.

Posted by: Celissa at March 22, 2003 11:41 AM

I went to Canada (Niagara Falls and Toronto) last May with my high school marching band. I had a really great time, and was really struck by how clean it was, and how nice all the people were. That's what I think of when people say Cananda, not maroons like this guy.

I never got to see a mountie, though. I'm still getting over the disappointment. :-)

Posted by: Minstrel at March 22, 2003 12:08 PM

All of my fellow Canadians who are so high and mighty about their moral superiority will be brought down a peg or two when the real horror stories start trickling out of Iraq. It will give me much satisfaction. Chretian is a irrelevant pipsqueak who can't speak properly let alone get a clue about foreign policy. We have taken down the Canadian flag from our home in protest. It will not be going back up.

Posted by: Togibum at March 22, 2003 12:45 PM

As a Canadian I'm still trying to figure out who's the bigger threat, terrorists or the Liberals. At least the terrorists have made there intentions clear.

Posted by: polemarch1 at March 22, 2003 04:01 PM

As a Canadian I am embarassed by the hypocrisy and stupidity of my government. At least we have one opposition party willing to take a principled stand and support America.

Posted by: Yaakov Roth at March 22, 2003 07:47 PM

As a dual citizen, I am greatly sickened by Chretien and am in awe of GWB.

The contrast in leaders in amazing.

One follows the polls, one has the polls follow him.

Chretien is a national embarrassment: the keyword on my blog and in the right of center papers in Canada is SHAME!

Posted by: Tim at March 22, 2003 08:53 PM

To the Canadian posters ... Thank you for your comments. We know we have rational, freedom-loving neighbors up north, we just rarely hear about you in U.S. media.

A couple of questions ... What do Canadian opinion polls indicate the majority sentiment is about the Iraq war? My impression is that it is "anti-war." And whatever became of the Canadian snipers who the U.S. military wanted to honor? Did the Canadian government ever allow them to receive their medals?

Posted by: Allen Forkum at March 22, 2003 11:09 PM

Pretty typical of Chretien's style. It works marvellously on internecine squabbles in Parliament, where his incoherent statements just confuse everybody, but on international affairs (especially with America involved) it's just suicidal.

The unofficial polls that I've seen put Canada at about 60% antiwar--we rational types are still kicking.

Posted by: surlybird at March 23, 2003 03:18 PM

What do Canadian opinion polls indicate the majority sentiment is about the Iraq war?

In Quebec, anti-war sentiment is running at about 80%. Outside of Quebec, it's nearer to 60%.

I live in Mississauga, the city where that idiot MP made a ruckus about "hating those damned Americans" a month back. Sadly, that's not an uncommon sentiment. There's an amazing disconnect, as people feel entitled to the safety and security of being next to the US, while blaming it entirely for the ills of the world. Needless to say, should there ever be an attack in Canada, it would be blamed on the US.

Speaking for myself, however: give em hell, boys.

Posted by: William de Haan at March 23, 2003 11:30 PM