posted on Jul, 8 2006 @ 12:54 AM
Umbrax, this is the new and exciting Canadian forum on PTS. Why not give him all the dirt on our refusal of the BMD program?
When it was first brought up, the Liberal party was in power, but with a minority government. The PM at the time, Paul Martin, supported the plan but
it was incredibly unpopular with the public, for the reason Umbrax mentioned. The Liberals were mired in scandal and baggage from the previous PM,
Chretien, from whom Martin wrested power in a fierce internal struggle.
Then Bush came to town. Before he arrived, he was briefed on the fact that Liberal support for the program would topple the government and Bush
agreed that at no time would the program be mentioned. Then he went on TV and mentioned it, blindsiding Martin on a live nationally televised event.
By the next day, it went from something most Canadians didn't even think about to front page news.
Martin had to swallow his previous words and announce that Canada would not be joining the program. It was either that or lose the job that he had
schemed and fought for years to get.
In my opinion, it boils down to bad timing and poor advice from whoever advises your President on things like this. In my opinion, if the US had
waited for a majority government, Liberal or Conservative, Canada would have signed on.
[edit on 8-7-2006 by Duzey]