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(Canadian)Liberal senator: 'Screw the Americans'
National Post(Ottawa Citizen) ^ | March 27, 2003 | Jack Aubry and Robert Benzie

Posted on 03/27/2003 4:05:25 AM PST by saluki_in_ohio

Liberal senator: 'Screw the Americans' Laurier LaPierre ready to quit over disputed quotation in Senate transcript

By Jack Aubry and Robert Benzie The Ottawa Citizen

Thursday, March 27, 2003

A Liberal senator has been thrown into the firestorm of shaky U.S.-Canada relations after the Senate's Debates quoted him shouting "Screw the Americans" during a Senate sitting this week.

The quote was attributed to outspoken Senator Laurier LaPierre, who has expressed anti-American sentiments in the past, in the official transcript of Tuesday's Senate sitting. Opposition MPs and senators were quick to jump on the quote as another example of the Liberal government's strong anti-Americanism.

Mr. LaPierre told the Senate yesterday that he had been misquoted in the transcript and that he had in fact shouted: "So did the Americans." But his attempt to correct the Debates, which requires unanimous consent, was blocked by opposition members who said they wanted to listen to a tape of the sitting first.

A shaken Mr. LaPierre said he would offer his resignation to Prime Minister Jean Chretien since "his honour" was being challenged by the opposition members.

This latest Liberal caucus controversy came a day after U.S. Ambassador Paul Cellucci delivered a stern rebuke to the Canadian government, saying his country was disappointed that Canada had not joined the "coalition of the willing" to fight the war in Iraq.

The Bush administration has been irked by remarks by Carolyn Parrish, a Toronto-area Liberal MP, who said she hated American "bastards," and Natural Resources Minister Herb Dhaliwal, who said President George W. Bush's decision to go to war shows he is "not a statesman."

Mr. Cellucci said there is a "growing perception" among Americans that Canada, like France, is a source of knee-jerk objections to U.S. foreign policy.

Answering questions about Mr. LaPierre's apparent quote, Mr. Chretien said if the senator actually said it, "it is completely reprehensible."

"I was not aware of it and if it was said, I reprimand that. I do not think that is acceptable to use language like that," said Mr. Chretien.

Mr. LaPierre, a former broadcaster, acknowledged he has used excessive language in the past, but he has always apologized when he has gone too far.

His voice cracking with emotion, he told the Senate that he has a son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter living in the United States and he would not have used the expression "screw," since it is not part of his vocabulary.

"I do not use that kind of language that way. I use other kinds of language, but not this one," said the senator tearfully.

When he was interrupted by some opposition senators across the floor, Mr. LaPierre became indignant and said: "I don't have anything more to say, since obviously I have no honour and I will have to speak to the prime minister to determine whether I should resign or not."

In Toronto, Ontario Premier Ernie Eves inserted himself yesterday into the diplomatic crisis surrounding Mr. Cellucci's remarks by writing a letter to the U.S. ambassador condemning the federal government and supporting Washington on Iraq.

Taking his lead from Alberta Premier Ralph Klein, Mr. Eves wrote Mr. Cellucci to say he agrees with the criticism of Canadian neutrality.

"This morning at our cabinet meeting, members of our executive council were unanimous in our support for you and your fellow Americans," Mr. Eves wrote.

"We believe it is important to support our good American neighbours to the South as you have been our allies and our friends for many decades now," he continued.

Speaking to reporters in Brampton, Mr. Eves denied he was intervening to deflect attention from his administration's many domestic problems.

"It is how I happen to feel. I phoned Ambassador Cellucci (Tuesday) afternoon after his remarks to make sure that he understood ... exactly how I felt," said the premier, who has advocated Canada's participation in the Iraq invasion for a week.

In Ottawa, Senate Speaker Dan Hays said he would rule later on Mr. LaPierre's point of order to change the Debates, the Senate's Hansard.

-With files from Rick Mofina and Mark Kennedy


TOPICS: Canada; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: canada; cellucci; chretien; lapierre
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Another chapter in the ongoing saga of Liberal anti-Americanism coming from the Canadian government.

Heres hoping that right-thinking Canadians wake up and end this socialist nightmare..

1 posted on 03/27/2003 4:05:26 AM PST by saluki_in_ohio
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To: saluki_in_ohio
"Liberal senator: 'Screw the Americans' "

Thanks for the offer, but we know that you senators carry diseases.

2 posted on 03/27/2003 4:09:28 AM PST by You Gotta Be Kidding Me
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To: saluki_in_ohio
Sometimes I get the feeling that the liberal Canadian politicans are taking their lead from their liberal American couterparts. Afterall, it seems, our politicans know how to be anti-American best...
3 posted on 03/27/2003 4:13:27 AM PST by Conservative Me
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To: saluki_in_ohio
"His voice cracking with emotion, he told the Senate that he has a son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter living in the United States and he would not have used the expression "screw," since it is not part of his vocabulary."
Instead,he prefers "F**k the Americans"
"I do not use that kind of language that way. I use other kinds of language, but not this one," said the senator tearfully"
What other kind of language...French?
4 posted on 03/27/2003 4:14:51 AM PST by Far Right Of Left
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To: saluki_in_ohio
BUMP
5 posted on 03/27/2003 4:15:52 AM PST by RippleFire
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To: saluki_in_ohio
I have a two week fishing trip to Canada planed for June. I think I'll cancel those plans and spend my $2000 dollars in Kentucky
6 posted on 03/27/2003 4:17:21 AM PST by chainsaw
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To: saluki_in_ohio
Who cares? Screw the Canadians.
7 posted on 03/27/2003 4:17:47 AM PST by ModernDayCato
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To: saluki_in_ohio
Liberal senator: 'Screw the Americans'

Hillary? Teddy? Little Tommy? Oh, Canadians, never mind.

8 posted on 03/27/2003 4:19:26 AM PST by Aeronaut (It's all about You, Lord.)
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To: saluki_in_ohio
A shaken Mr. LaPierre said he would offer his resignation to Prime Minister Jean Chretien since "his honour" was being challenged by the opposition members.

Uh huh. He offered it because he knows all members of the Liberal Party hold complete immunity for anyting they say or do under the Cretin government, and it will never be accepted.

9 posted on 03/27/2003 4:21:23 AM PST by Timesink (If you use the word "embedded" in a conversation, you'd better be carrying an x-ray to show me.)
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To: chainsaw
For $1999 you can fish in my farm pond. I will clean all your bluegills for no extra charge. Worms available upon request.
10 posted on 03/27/2003 4:21:56 AM PST by Bluntpoint
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To: Far Right Of Left
Indeed. Although he said 'screw', he really ment "f**k".

Liberals have the filthiest mouths, whether they are Canadian or American.
11 posted on 03/27/2003 4:25:53 AM PST by saluki_in_ohio (Gun control is the ability to hit your target!)
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To: chainsaw
Kentucky Lake/Lake Barkley is cool. Fishing ought to be picking up about now.
12 posted on 03/27/2003 4:28:26 AM PST by saluki_in_ohio (Gun control is the ability to hit your target!)
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To: saluki_in_ohio
"I was not aware of it and if it was said, I reprimand that. I do not think that is acceptable to use language like that," said Mr. Chretien.

Note to Cretien: Its not acceptable to think like that. Screw what language was used. If he thinks that way, you guys better sack him, or allow that sentiment to reflect Canada's view of the USA. In which case, Canada might be in for a rude awakening in the coming years...

13 posted on 03/27/2003 4:29:10 AM PST by Go Gordon
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14 posted on 03/27/2003 4:30:49 AM PST by mhking
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To: saluki_in_ohio
They say stupid things like this then resign? OK its thinning out the libs up north. Keep it up!! soon they will either learn to shut up in the presence of repoters or become endangered.
15 posted on 03/27/2003 4:31:18 AM PST by submarinerswife
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To: submarinerswife
Makes you wish similar comments made daily by Dems here would warrant resignation...
16 posted on 03/27/2003 4:32:46 AM PST by Conservative Me
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To: mhking
LOL!

I should have posted this pic in my original comment. :)
17 posted on 03/27/2003 4:34:02 AM PST by saluki_in_ohio (Gun control is the ability to hit your target!)
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To: submarinerswife
The more we keep "stirring the pot", the 'thinning' process will accelerate, and hopefully once again, we can have a solid Canadian ally and a secure northern border.
18 posted on 03/27/2003 4:39:48 AM PST by saluki_in_ohio (Gun control is the ability to hit your target!)
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To: saluki_in_ohio
I found this line to be the most surprising:

In Toronto, Ontario Premier Ernie Eves inserted himself yesterday into the diplomatic crisis surrounding Mr. Cellucci's remarks by writing a letter to the U.S. ambassador condemning the federal government and supporting Washington on Iraq.

Ontario is less conservative than Massachussetts. Any Canadian Freepers have any details on Mr. Eves?

19 posted on 03/27/2003 4:46:30 AM PST by kidd
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To: chainsaw
Come on up to Calgary, we have the Bow River, the best fly fishing river in North Amrica. It grows world class browns and rainbows and flows through the center of town and avid anglers fly fish during their lunch hour.
20 posted on 03/27/2003 4:53:17 AM PST by albertabound (It's good to beeeeeeeee Alberta bound)
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To: saluki_in_ohio
The leftists of Canada are part of the world leftist movement. They are unamerican at the core. By unamerican I mean that they hate and despise the princples that founders set forth in our founding documents. Those principles enshrine the freedom that has allowed this county to become the moral and material power that it is.

They must destroy the US to achieve their Marxists goals. They must be opposed at every turn with freedom and strength.
21 posted on 03/27/2003 4:53:42 AM PST by rebel
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To: saluki_in_ohio
"I do not use that kind of language that way. I use other kinds of language, but not this one," said the senator tearfully.

Not hard to see the French in him....lol

22 posted on 03/27/2003 4:59:11 AM PST by SouthernFreebird
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To: saluki_in_ohio
The Canadian politician has violated one of the first rules of politics, taken from Mark Twain: it's best to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool, than open it and remove all doubt.
23 posted on 03/27/2003 5:00:04 AM PST by daddypatriot
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To: kidd
http://www.ontariopccaucus.com/splashen/index.htm
24 posted on 03/27/2003 5:01:47 AM PST by albertabound (It's good to beeeeeeeee Alberta bound)
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To: Bluntpoint; chainsaw
I have two bass in my pond, and you can fish it for the low low price of $1998.50. :)
25 posted on 03/27/2003 5:04:14 AM PST by Critter (Going back to sleep til the next revolution.)
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To: saluki_in_ohio
Canada has become a province of France.
26 posted on 03/27/2003 5:08:27 AM PST by PGalt
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To: rebel
The leftists of Canada are part of the world leftist movement. They are unamerican at the core. By unamerican I mean that they hate and despise the princples that founders set forth in our founding documents. Those principles enshrine the freedom that has allowed this county to become the moral and material power that it is.

It is bad enough that we have filthy socialist/leftist/liberals going around the country spewing their anti-American gutter hate, we shouldn't have to put up with it coming from northern border.

The Canadian Liberals/socialists have been spewing their rather hostile anti-Americanism for years, and it is about time we woke up to it!
27 posted on 03/27/2003 5:10:59 AM PST by saluki_in_ohio (Gun control is the ability to hit your target!)
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To: saluki_in_ohio
Canada = France = Daschle/Pelosi (and any other Demorat you care to name)
28 posted on 03/27/2003 5:15:52 AM PST by Pete'sWife (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: saluki_in_ohio
Canadian)Liberal senator: 'Screw the Americans'

You lefties were saying it was about oil, now it's about sex. Which is it?

29 posted on 03/27/2003 5:25:22 AM PST by wayoverontheright
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To: wayoverontheright
You lefties were saying it was about oil, now it's about sex. Which is it?

They compromised, now its "No sex for oil!"
30 posted on 03/27/2003 5:27:55 AM PST by saluki_in_ohio (Gun control is the ability to hit your target!)
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To: kidd
Ontario is less conservative than Massachussetts. Any Canadian Freepers have any details on Mr. Eves?

I used to live in Ontario. Mr. Eves was originally the deputy Premier and finance minister to Mike Harris, the conservative Ontario Premier from 1995-2002. Mike Harris really is as conservative as they come - lowered welfare rates, cut the hell out of tax rates, initiated private school tax credits (sort of a way to do vouchers without really calling them vouchers)... Harris announced his resignation, and the Ontario Conservative party elected a new leader. Ernie Eves won by quite a bit. He's somewhat of a "red Tory", or the Canadian equivalent of a RINO. That said, he's still VERY pro-business, and I think that he understands the importance of openness to the American business market to the 95% of Ontarians living in Southern Ontario. Whether he actually supports the war on Iraq, I'm not so certain, but he certainly does truly understand the significance of maintaining close Canada-U.S. ties - a concept that Chrétien has thus far failed to grasp.
31 posted on 03/27/2003 7:07:47 AM PST by Dont Tread On Me Eh?
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To: Dont Tread On Me Eh?
Thanks!
32 posted on 03/27/2003 7:36:29 AM PST by kidd
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To: saluki_in_ohio
Conservative Canadians are currently organizing large support America rallies.... could be very, very nice :-)
33 posted on 03/27/2003 7:45:11 AM PST by Tamzee ("Sabotage" and "Charade"....no French translation necessary.)
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To: chainsaw
for the last 20 years we go to minoki on the winnipeg river in early june, this year I cancelled our reservation (cost me $100) and we're going to upper min...never liked the canucks up there anyway
34 posted on 03/27/2003 7:49:53 AM PST by orbitboy
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To: saluki_in_ohio
Mr. LaPierre told the Senate yesterday that he had been misquoted in the transcript and that he had in fact shouted: "So did the Americans."

"Screw the Americans." "So did the Americans."

"Screw the Americans." "So did the Americans."

Yeah, I can see where he could have been misquoted (sarcasm off).

35 posted on 03/27/2003 7:50:15 AM PST by A2J (Those who truly understand peace know that its father is war.)
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To: Dont Tread On Me Eh?
"Whether he actually supports the war on Iraq, I'm not so certain"

He has been clearly against the postion taken by the Federal Liberals. So has Ralph Klien, the PM of Alberta.
36 posted on 03/27/2003 7:50:59 AM PST by Grig
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To: saluki_in_ohio
The quote is not accurate. The senator said "So did the Americans" in reply to another senator pointing out the sale of arms to Iraq by France and Germany. The audio of this has been replayed several times on the radio here in Ottawa and he did NOT say 'Screw the Americans' Not that that's a huge improvement or anything. The misquote was latched onto by a candidate for the leadership of the PC party and used to make political hay, in spite of the fact that the PC party is not supporting this war either.
37 posted on 03/27/2003 7:55:25 AM PST by Grig
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To: A2J
I heard the audio of it myself, it VERY clearly is NOT 'Screw the Americans'.
38 posted on 03/27/2003 7:58:37 AM PST by Grig
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To: saluki_in_ohio
Senator Laurier LaPierre, Opposition MP.

I always thought MP stood for Member of Parliament not Mealy-mouthed Prick.

39 posted on 03/27/2003 8:00:10 AM PST by N. Theknow
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To: Grig
Ontario is less conservative than Massachussetts. Any Canadian Freepers have any details on Mr. Eves?

Ontario usually votes Conservative provincially, but Eves, unlike his predecessor, is a 'red' Tory. But he does recognise the importance of our province working in close quarters with the U.S. for security reasons, and is actively pursuing working even more closely with the American government. While I don't like some of his other policies, he's really our only option, and I like what I'm hearing from him regarding the U.S., security and the like, so I'll likely vote for him. Not that there are other options anyway.

40 posted on 03/27/2003 8:03:58 AM PST by IvanT
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To: can_conservative
It's not just the Canadians. The subplot to this entire war, both in and outside the US, is the "war" of the Communist Left vs. the Right. American leftists and Communists, with their comrades-in-arms in Canada and Europe, see this as their chance to try to eliminate a right-wing government that they despise. Nothing we've seen so far originates so much from opposition to war as opposition to Bush and opposition to those of us on the right.

To not put too fine a point on it, the war against Iraq is really the subplot; the REAL war is the verbal and ideological war currently being waged everywhere else. We are under siege by the Left. They have their sights squarely poised on the election in '04 and this opposition to the war in Iraq is merely the opening conflict. They are no doubt sharpening their proverbial knives for the next act in their siege if and when the war in Iraq ends.
43 posted on 03/27/2003 6:21:50 PM PST by Windcatcher ("So what did Doug use?" "He used...sarcasm!")
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To: chainsaw
I'll fill my bathtub with water and put in a pirahna for your fishing pleasure. Afterwards I'll supply Ginzu knives for you to clean the fish before grilling on my George Foreman grill. All for only $1995.00 But wait!! If you call in the next ten minutes I'll included the Handi-Chef and Pasta Pro for free. Call now.
44 posted on 03/27/2003 6:26:57 PM PST by pbear8 ( sed libera nos a malo)
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To: saluki_in_ohio
'Screw the Americans'

I wonder if this hoser realizes that if the U.S. actually wanted to screw Canada, our northern neighbors would be in financial straights similar to ....Venezuela.

45 posted on 03/27/2003 6:32:16 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Windcatcher
Nothing we've seen so far originates so much from opposition to war as opposition to Bush and opposition to those of us on the right.

No doubt about it. If a Clinton or Gore were currently sitting in the WH and conducting this war in exactly the same manner as Bush now is, the opposition would be close to nil.

46 posted on 03/27/2003 6:35:31 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: can_conservative
Indeed he did -- Operation Desert Fox. Many Iraqi civilians died, and the reaction from the media and the professional protestors the world over was zilch. Tom Daschle argued at the time that Saddam's WMD were a menace to the entire world, and that he must be stopped at all costs. Saddam has had 5 years (after we last kicked out the inpsectors) to build upon that arsenal that everyone knew and admitted he had at the time, but Daschle and the Dems all took a giant 180 and were/are all of a sudden unconvinced (now that a Republican graced the WH).

But getting back to the Slickster, he didn't even seek UN approval for his Kosovo adventure, where hundreds of innocent civilians were murdered (by us). ....the same UN approval that leftists the world over demanded the Bush administration receive. And it's worth noting the obvious: Milosevic's regime posed absolutely no danger to either the U.S. or any other nation. They didn't have WMD, and they didn't finance or collaborate with international terrorist orgs.

49 posted on 03/27/2003 6:56:28 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: can_conservative
Welcome to FR, btw.
50 posted on 03/27/2003 6:57:09 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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