DOS Cable re: Canadian Defense Minister Eggleton Faces Criticism Over Statements to Parliament

State department cable stating that the Speaker of the House of Commons found that Defense Minister Art Eggleton misled Parliament about when he learned that Canadian Special Forces captured Al-Qaida terrorists and turned them over to the U.S.. The cable further states that further investigation in tot he matter will continue.

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Cable
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Monday, February 4, 2002
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Wednesday, December 29, 2004
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DRAFTED BY: WHA/CAN:TTULENKO/PNORMAN/WMCCULLA:MJ -- 02/04/02 (202)647-

APPROVED BY: WHA/CAN:NMASON
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TO ALL CANADIAN POSTS COLLECTIVE
UNCLAS STATE 021617
OFFICIAL INFORMAL SENSITIVE
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OTRA, CA
SUBJECT: OFFICIAL-INFORMAL - DAILY ACTIVITIES REPORT
FEBRUARY 1, 2002
FOR AMB, DCM, POL AND ECON FROM WHA/CAN DIRECTOR MASON
1. (U) DAILY ACTIVITY REPORT, FEBRUARY 1, 2002
2. (SBU) CONTINUED ATTACKS ON DEFENSE MINISTER EGGLETON
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THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS FOUND TODAY THAT
DEFENSE MINISTER EGGLETON MISLED PARLIAMENT ABOUT WHEN HE
LEARNED THAT CANADIAN SPECIAL FORCES HAS CAPTURED AL-QAIDA
TERRORISTS AND TURNED THEM OVER TO THE U.S. A HOUSE
COMMITTEE WILL INVESTIGATE WHETHER EGGLETON DELIBERATELY
MISLED COMMONS AND WHETHER HE SHOULD BE CENSURED. WHILE
LIBERAL CONTROL OF THE HOUSE MAKES EGGLETON'S CENSURE
UNLIKELY, CALLS FOR HIS RESIGNATION CONTINUE TO BE HEARD
FROM THE OPPOSITION.
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REVIEW AUTHORITY: SHARON E AHMAD
DATE/CASE ID: 03 NOV 2004 200303827 DOS-001887
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EGGLETON'S CONFLICTING STATEMENTS CAME AS HE ATTEMPTED TO
EXPLAIN WHY HE HAD FAILED TO INFORM PM CHRETIEN THAT THE
SPECIAL FORCES HAD TURNED OVER THE TERRORISTS TO U.S.

FORCES, AN OMISSION WHICH CAUSED CHRETIEN SIGNIFICANT

EMBARRASSMENT IN COMMONS. EGGLETON IS LIKELY TO SURVIVE
AS DEFENSE MINISTER, IF ONLY BECAUSE CHRETIEN HATES GIVING

IN TO OPPOSITION CRITICS MORE THAN HE HATES BEING KEPT
UNINFORMED BY HIS MINISTERS. (MCCULLA/OTTAWA E-
MAIL/PRESS).

3. (SBU) OTTAWA GETTING RIGHT ANSWER ON DETAINEES

THE CANADIAN EMBASSY CONFIRMED TODAY THAT THE POINTS ON
HANDLING AFGHANISTAN DETAINEES WHICH NSA RICE SENT POLICY
ADVISER LAVERDURE YESTERDAY WILL GIVE THE GOC WHAT IT
NEEDS TO DEFUZE THE ISSUE IN OTTAWA. A MINISTER WILL BE
ABLE TO SAY IN PARLIAMENT THAT THE U.S. HAS PROCEDURES IN

PLACE FOR VETTING DETAINEES THAT ACCORD WITH OTTAWA'S

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UNDERSTANDING OF THE GENEVA'CONVENTIONS; IT IS THEREFORE
LAWFUL FOR CANADIAN TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN TO HAND
PRISONERS OVER TO U.S. TROOPS. DEPLOYMENT OF THE CANADIAN
BATTALION TO KANDAHAR IS PROCEEDING ON SCHEDULE. AN ALDAC
CABLE TONIGHT WILL SEND OUT THESE SAME UNCLASSIFIED POINTS
FOR USE BY ALL POSTS. (TULENKO/OTTAWA 294 AND 307)

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4. (SBU) CANADIANS WANT STRICTER IMMIGRATION POLICIES

RECENT POLLS RESULTS SHOW THE CANADIAN PUBLIC WANTS
STRICTER IMMIGRATION POLICIES. AN ASTOUNDING 83% ANSWERED
YES WHEN ASKED "SHOULD CANADA BE STRICTER WHEN IT COMES TO
IMMIGRATION?" THE POLL WAS CONDUCTED IN OCTOBER BY LEGER
MARKETING FOR CANADIAN PRESS, A WIRE SERVICE ORGANIZATION.
OTHER INTERESTING RESULTS:

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83 PERCENT SAID "NO" WHEN ASKED IF CANADA SHOULD FORBID
PEOPLE OF ARAB DESCENT FROM ENTERING THE COUNTRY;

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87 PERCENT AGREE WITH THE IDEA OF REQUIRING ALL
NON-CITIZEN PERMANENT RESIDENTS TO HAVE A PHOTO ID;

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86.6 PERCENT OF CANADIANS FEEL SECURITY MEASURES AT
CANADIAN BORDERS ARE BARELY OR NOT STRICT ENOUGH TO SECURE
THEIR SAFETY.

U.S. AND CANADIAN BORDER OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN BUSY AS
BEAVERS TRYING TO IMPLEMENT THE 30-POINT BORDER ACTION

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PLAN AGREED TO BY U.S. HOMELAND SECURITY DIRECTOR TOM*
RIDGE AND CANADIAN DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER MANLEY LAST
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DECEMBER. THE PLAN ENHANCES SECURITY WHILE FACILITATING
TRADE ALONG THE BORDER. THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT HAS
PROMISED TO BEGIN IN JUNE ISSUING NEW, MORE SECURE,
PERMANENT RESIDENT CARDS TO REPLACE THE PAPER DOCUMENTS
NOW BEING USED. (NORMAN/EMBASSY)
POWELL

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