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April 29, 2003

Perhaps because he came to power by dethroning chief
rival Chrétien, there has always been a lurking
suspicion Paul Martin was a secret supporter of the
Bush initiative. After all, he harboured many other
distinct positions from his predecessor. What's more,
he came to office  promising smoother relations with
our neighbours to the south.

There was nothing in Martin's public statements during
that early period  that suggest he wanted to send
Canadian troops to Iraq, though there is plenty of
confusion as to where he really stood.

Finally in April 2003, in an interview with a small Ontario
newspaper he was quoted as saying,  "I really think
Canada should get over to Iraq as quickly as possible."
That segment is usually all that shows up on political
blogs. The full quote goes on to read: "There's a huge
need for front-line medical professionals. There's a
huge need for policing. And there's a huge need for
infrastructure rebuilding."
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