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PM Harper to fly to Cyprus to collect Canadian evacuees

 
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PM Harper to fly to Cyprus to collect Canadian evacuees
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pdated Wed. Jul. 19 2006 10:25 AM ET

CTV.ca News Staff

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will fly from France to Cyprus this evening, and his Canadian Forces Airbus will be filled with Canadians evacuated from Lebanon for the trip home.

The Airbus will be stripped down to hold as many evacuees as possible, and media will not be travelling with the prime minister, said CTV's David Akin, who is with Harper in France.

"It's more than a symbolic trip," Harper told reporters at a news conference.

"We will have a significant number of seats. We believe it's the right thing to do."

The news that Harper had delayed his return to Ottawa came earlier Wednesday, fuelling speculation that he would head to Cyprus or Turkey to supervise the evacuation of Canadians from Lebanon first-hand.

The Conservative government has been criticized for its slow reaction to the situation in Lebanon, where approximately 30,000 Canadians are trapped as fighting rages between Israel and Hezbollah.

Harper has been meeting with French President Jacques Chirac in Paris today.

Few details have been released about the nature of their talks, though the two leaders reportedly discussed a wide range of bilateral and international issues.

Harper also met with French Premier Dominique de Villepin on Tuesday. During their meeting they discussed the ongoing crisis in Lebanon.

Earlier Wednesday, Harper took phone calls from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Australian PM John Howard.

Olmert reportedly expressed his condolences over the recent deaths of a Canadian family vacationing in Lebanon, and pledged to help evacuate Canadians.

Howard called Harper regarding cooperating to get Australians out of Lebanon. Harper reportedly promised Canada would do whatever it could.

Speaking in France on Tuesday, Harper defended the Canadian government's response to the crisis.

"There have been literally hundreds of federal employees who have been working day and night for the past several days to put in place the largest evacuation of Canadian citizens from another country in our history,'' Harper said following discussions about the Mideast crisis with de Villepin.

The government has chartered seven ships to take Canadians out of Beirut and ferry them to either Cyprus or Turkey. From there they will be flown home on government-leased jets.

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Re: PM Harper to fly to Cyprus to collect Canadian evacuees
another headache for the world leaders..collecting citizens stranded in warzone..at least they are doing it, that's good
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Re: PM Harper to fly to Cyprus to collect Canadian evacuees
He lost a lot of support backing Israel's incursion into Lebanon. Nothing more than an expensive photo op.

But you're right, at least he's doing it.
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07/19/2006 12:15 PM
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Re: PM Harper to fly to Cyprus to collect Canadian evacuees
wouldn't see BUsh doing this.

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07/19/2006 12:18 PM
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Re: PM Harper to fly to Cyprus to collect Canadian evacuees
He's just PM of Canada, it's not like he has anything else to do.
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07/19/2006 12:21 PM
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Re: PM Harper to fly to Cyprus to collect Canadian evacuees
wow steve is such a nice guy. he cares a lot more about us canadians that bush does about the merikans, and he said no to missle defense.

temporary backbone and photo op until he gets a majority govt, and then the true colors will come out.
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07/19/2006 12:33 PM
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Re: PM Harper to fly to Cyprus to collect Canadian evacuees
Hmm... wonder what he is up to?

I don't trust any politicians.

He is helping Canadians evacuate.
He said no to missile defense.
He is getting rid of the gun registry.

He's up to something.
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07/19/2006 12:36 PM
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Re: PM Harper to fly to Cyprus to collect Canadian evacuees
Hmm... wonder what he is up to?

I don't trust any politicians.

He is helping Canadians evacuate.
He said no to missile defense.
He is getting rid of the gun registry.

He's up to something.
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He's helping Canadians evac...good

Gun registry doesn't work and has never worked, just billions spent on nothing, so again I say, good.

And he didn't say no to the missile defense, Martin did. I'm sure he'll readdress the issue if he ever wins a majority.
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07/19/2006 12:40 PM
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Re: PM Harper to fly to Cyprus to collect Canadian evacuees
he did just say no to missle defence, look it up.

its certainly a publicity stunt at this time (minority govt).
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He's getting rid of the gun registry because it was an expensive flop.
Canadians simply ignored it.
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07/19/2006 04:08 PM
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Re: PM Harper to fly to Cyprus to collect Canadian evacuees
Hes' JUST DOING WHAT ALL POLITICIANS DO IMAGE POLISIHING AND WASTING TAXPAYERS MONEY.WANNA SEND REAL HELP,SEND 100 CERTIFIED MASSAGE THERAPISTS TO EASE THEIR TENSION AND MAKE THEM FEEL BETTER.REMEMBER HES THE ONE WHO STATED PUBLICLY THAT ACCORDING TO HIM ISRAELS RESPONSE WAS MEASURED...RIGHT !,ITS A SURE THING YOU WON;T BE SEEING HARPER ANYWHERE NEAR THE MIDDLE EAST TO WITNESS THE ISRAELIS VERSION OF MEASURED RESPONSE.
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Re: PM Harper to fly to Cyprus to collect Canadian evacuees
he did just say no to missle defence, look it up.

its certainly a publicity stunt at this time (minority govt).
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Actually Martin said "NO", Harper said "Not at this time". Harper has a minority government so of course he can't do anything controversial before the next election in which he hopes to win a majority. Then he can do whatever the fuck he wants.
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07/19/2006 04:51 PM
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I bet Canada isn't charging their citizens to be rescued.
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07/19/2006 10:37 PM
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The Canadian evac is free.
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07/19/2006 10:42 PM
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Steve, don't fly too close to Lebanon or those crazy blood thirsty Joos will shoot you down!
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Re: PM Harper to fly to Cyprus to collect Canadian evacuees
Bush is too busy kissing Zionist butt to worry about the Murkan cattle caught up in this mess.

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