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Leaders Declare VE-day Truce
Canada's political combatants have called a ceasefire in a nasty war of words long enough to travel to Europe together to honour the country's Second World War veterans at ceremonies next week marking the end of the bloody European conflict 60 years ago.

Prime Minister Paul Martin angered veterans' groups last week when he cancelled an official visit to the Netherlands for the V-E Day anniversary because he feared his precarious minority government might lose a snap confidence vote in Parliament, forcing an election.

But after a particularly rancorous Question Period in the Commons yesterday, Mr. Martin and the three other leaders said they have agreed to a 48-hour political truce -- just long enough for a quick trip to Europe together to honour the veterans.

Mr. Martin and Stephen Harper of the Conservatives, Gilles Duceppe of the Bloc Québécois and Jack Layton of the New Democrats will attend the official opening of the new Canadian War Museum in Ottawa on Sunday, marking the 60th anniversary of V-E Day. Source.

May 5, 2005