Premier defends Bush
The week's news at a glance.
An aide to Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien resigned this week after telling a reporter President Bush was a moron. Françoise Ducros, the premiers spokeswoman, reportedly criticized Bush for soliciting support for war in Iraq during a NATO gathering in Prague. What a moron, she said. Opposition leaders lambasted Ducros, and worried aloud that her blunder would worsen already testy relations between the White House and Ottawa. This is not a silly comment, said Jason Kenney of the Canadian Alliance. This is a serious diplomatic faux pas. Chrétien refused Ducros resignation once before accepting it, but stressed that he didnt share her assessment of Bush. He is a friend of mine, said Chrétien. He is not a moron at all.