Skip to comments.2nd day of summit to bring more protests (PM Harper calls summit protests 'sad')
Posted on 08/22/2007 6:58:14 AM PDT by Catholic Canadian
ue Aug 21, 5:46 AM
OTTAWA (CBC) - After a day of protests that Prime Minister Stephen Harper dismissed as "sad," many protesters planned to continue their demonstrations in the Quebec resort town of Montebello on the second and final day of the summit meeting of the three North American leaders on Tuesday.
Harper will meet with U.S. President George W. Bush and Mexican President Felipe Calderon for formal trilateral talks Tuesday after one-on-one sessions the previous day.
Outside the heavily guarded resort on the banks of the Ottawa River, where the trio was meeting to discuss the Security and Prosperity Partnership, riot squad officers clashed with hundreds of protesters.
An estimated 1,200 demonstrators gathered outside the Château Montebello.
"I've heard it's nothing. A couple hundred? It's sad," Harper commented on the protests.
After a three-hour standoff with minor skirmishes, the tension erupted. Police said they began using tear gas, pepper spray and plastic bullets when a handful of protesters started throwing rocks and water bottles at them. Police said four people were arrested and five officers slightly injured.
Meanwhile, inside the luxurious log-frame hotel, the three leaders discussed Arctic sovereignty, cross-border travel and national security.
Bush remained unmoved in his position that the Northwest Passage is international waters, though he said he understood Canada's stance.
Afghanistan also came up, with Harper telling Bush that Canada will not be able extend its mission there beyond 2009.
As the meeting wraps up early Tuesday afternoon, the leaders are expected to announce a new protocol for dealing with a pandemic flu should one hit the continent.
Meanwhile, Calderon, who was scheduled to stay on with his family after the meeting finished, has decided to return to Mexico early to deal with the impact of Hurricane Dean.
The truly sad thing is the FReepers who side with the losers who were protesting.
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