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January 13, 2004

Paul Martin mangled the bilateral relationship
with the United States when everything was
prepared for success. Ostensibly, he sought
better relations with the United States — and
the U.S. was prepared to support anyone who
was not Jean Chretien. But Martin postured and
prevaricated when confronted with issues. Thus
after having led senior U. S. government officials
to believe Ottawa would give tacit support to
continental missile defense (that would have
cost Canada nothing financially and required no
commitment to basing), he rejected such an
agreement (leaving the American ambassador
"puzzled") without having bothered to inform
senior U. S. officials prior to his announcement.
The combination of irresolution and delay
gained him the sobriquet of "Mr. Dithers" — the
type of characterization that is hardly politically
enhancing.
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