Volume 92, Issue 60

Thursday, January 14, 1999



Win some, lose some

Chretien confusion surrounds club

Westminster may become a Western residence

Pigs fly to Canada to help out research

1,200 biz keeners to do gaming

New Earth-sized planet could sustain life


Hot Air

Caught on campus

Caught on campus too

Chretien confusion surrounds club

By Mark Brown
Gazette Staff

The University Canadian Club of Western Ontario announced Prime Minister Jean Chretien was going to speak at Western – but it will not happen.

The most recent announcement that Chretien would be speaking at the university was in a statement on Jan. 2, broadcast on Rogers Cable.

"[The announcement] was made at the end of the program," explained Scott Jackson, station manager for Rogers. According to the announcement, the prime minister was to speak at Western Jan. 19.

The program was aired by the station six times between early December and Jan. 2, he said. "As far as we knew it was confirmed," Jackson said.

According to Chris Hardy, the co-director of the University Canadian Club of Western Ontario, the prime minister did agree to speak at Western. "Since then there have been changes to that," he said, although he later added the event was never 100 per cent confirmed.

Hardy said he was only notified of the cancellation one week ago.

But according to Sophie Galarneau, press officer for the prime minister, Chretien had never indicated he would speak at Western. "We received two requests and both had been answered in the negative."

The first request was made on Sept. 22 and a response from the office that the prime minister would not be attending was issued Nov. 9, she said.

The announcement of Chretien's supposed appearance at Western caught the attention of the office of Joe Fontana, London North Member of parliament.

"We had a call trying to find out when the prime minister was coming," said Lissa Regan, executive assistant for Fontana. Regan said once she got the correct information she then tried to clear up any of the circulating misinformation.

Hardy said he was never contacted by any group expressing concerns about the cancelled event.

Barbara Crowder, the national director of the Association of the Canadian Clubs, said she was aware of the club's effort to have Chretien speak on campus but added she was not approached by the club for assistance.

"Many of our clubs feel difficulty from time to time. I hope this is one of those occasions."

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