Bush Won't Address Parliament

Bush Won't Address Parliament
Posted by CN Staff on November 24, 2004 at 10:40:41 PT
Canadian Press with Globe and Mail Update
Source: Globe and Mail
U.S. President George W. Bush will avoid a potentially hostile reception in Parliament and travel to Halifax next week to give a speech after his first official trip to Ottawa, White House sources say.The side trip would come after a working visit Tuesday with Prime Minister Paul Martin and a dinner that night with hundreds of prominent Canadians at the Museum of Civilization.
A White House spokesman said Wednesday the final agenda was still being worked out but confirmed Mr. Bush wouldn't address Parliament. Details of the Halifax portion of the trip weren't immediately available.The President will hold a joint news conference with Mr. Martin after the two have a lunch on Tuesday.Sources say U.S. officials involved in planning the trip were worried about a cranky audience on Parliament Hill.”We didn't see the need and, frankly, we didn't want to be booed. There are other, better venues,” said one U.S. official.Mr. Bush's handlers have good reason to fear protests.Planning has been under way for a number of demonstrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa since the Bush visit was announced last week.Thousands are expected to descend on Parliament Hill to protest various policies of Mr. Bush's Republican Party, including its hard-line approach to marijuana use.On both Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, hundreds are expected to light up marijuana cigarettes on the Hill at 4:20 p.m., the universal time accepted by pot-smokers as the time to smoke up.There will also be a mass demonstration against the Iraq war and another against Canada's participation in a U.S. missile defence program.Mr. Martin plans to underscore Canada's support for a multilateral approach in dealing with foreign relations.The tour would be Mr. Bush's first official visit since he took office four years ago. The President has been in the country twice since his first victory — for a meeting of the G8 in Alberta and for the Quebec City Summit of the Americas.Mr. Martin phoned Mr. Bush the day after the Nov. 2 presidential election with the invitation. Mr. Bush and his officials were enthusiastic about the visit and the final acceptance came on Nov. 16.With reports from Brian Laghi and Gloria GallowaySource: Globe and Mail (Canada) Published: Wednesday, November 24, 2004 Copyright: 2004 The Globe and Mail CompanyContact: letters globeandmail.caWebsite: News Canadian Links -- Canada Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by gloovins on November 24, 2004 at 13:57:49 PT
Also, related...
US $ getting weaker and weaker since Nov shows it at $1.17 Cn v US $1.00 now...lowest I've seen in a LONG time --- and its only I think going to get stonger, that Canadian dollar vs the US because of Bush...damn the CN $ was at $1.35 vs $1.00 US 3 months ago -- should of bought then...oh, it'll prob be even by 2005....Nice going Canada, oh yes thanks George W. too and all who voted for him -- the world is loving you and US each more each day in a f! #ed up kinda way -- congrats! Happy Thanksgiving all.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on November 24, 2004 at 12:34:31 PT
Hi Marc!
I know you are right!
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Comment #2 posted by Marc Paquette on November 24, 2004 at 12:32:58 PT:
Oh, believe me!
Bush won't exactly be received by a welcoming committee in Canada, LOLHe will be booed so much that I don't think that he will stay for his 2 full days.Over 70% of Canadians hate his guts!One thing for sure, he'll NEVER be back I suspect!Marc
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Comment #1 posted by medicinal toker on November 24, 2004 at 12:06:08 PT
"a dinner that night with hundreds of prominent Canadians at the Museum of Civilization" honoring a man who has pursued policies that further the end of civilization and rational civil discourse.Any prominent Canadian worth their salt would be outside booing Bush instead of dining with him.I hope he gets a proper Canadian welcome. Burn one for me!
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