Why Canada Said No to the Iraq War

The World

Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien leaves a news conference in
Ottawa, April 9, 2003. Chretien says he hopes the United States wins
the war, but stands by Canada's decision to stay out of the conflict.



The "coalition of the willing" was what President Bush called the group of 48 countries that supported the invasion of Iraq, despite the lack of United Nations authorization. Absent from that group was one on America's strongest allies — Canada. Paul Heinbecker was Canada's ambassador to the UN at the time. He speaks with anchor Marco Werman about Canada's decision to stay out of the US-led invasion of Iraq.
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