Volume 96, Issue 65
Friday, January 24, 2003

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NEWS FOR DUMMIES: Bush finds Iraq on map: war looms

By Emmett Macfarlane
Gazette Staff

News for Dummies is here again to come to the aid of the ignorant, willingly uninformed or utterly stupid.

The New Democratic Party's leadership vote will be held this Saturday in Toronto. Six candidates square off for the top spot in what has been the most exciting race since that chariot scene in Ben Hur – or was it Watching Paint Dry 5: Revenge of the Colour Orange?

On Sunday, Microsoft, Gatorade and Nike square off in San Diego for the Super Bowl. The Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are playing football, too.

Support for a United States' invasion of Iraq seems to be losing steam in the international community. Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder of Germany has made it clear his country will not back a war in Iraq and France has signalled its opposition as well.

Many American allies have cast doubt on whether a war is justified, given the lack of evidence that Saddam Hussein has stockpiled weapons of mass destruction. In the face of this opposition, U.S. President George W. Bush has kept his rhetoric strong, leading many pundits to suspect a war will start as soon as he finds Iraq on a map.

Prime Minister Jean Chrétien is intent on pushing through campaign finance reform, even when members of his own party oppose the legislation. Chrétien is seeking to drastically limit corporate and union donations.

After some Liberal members suggested they would oppose the reform, Chrétien threatened to make the vote a matter of confidence in the Liberal government. Under this stipulation, if the bill was defeated, an election would be called by Canada's Governor General. It would be the third federal election in less than six years.

The threat has angered some Liberals, who argue that Chrétien is bullying his own ideas through Parliament during his last year as prime minister. Does anyone else find it intriguing that Chrétien Is implementing campaign finance reform in his last year, when he doesn't have to worry about ever running a campaign again?

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