Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Earth to Martin: thanks for the update.
Martin: Military 'stretched thin'


Montreal's archbishop: Please help Haiti
Army gets French-speaking translators

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. (CP) - Prime Minister Paul Martin says Canada may not be able to make the kind of contribution it would like to help ease tensions in violence-torn Haiti.

"We're stretched quite thin and so we're looking at our capacity to go there and we're looking at the length of time that we think it would take," Martin told a news conference in this eastern Ontario city. "We're not going to have the capacity that we would like, but we are going to be able to make an important contribution."

His comments came as gun battles raged in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince between rebels and militant loyalists in a slum stronghold of ousted president Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

okay, this is perfect. the feds jumped into contributing troops even though we can barely maintain 2000 in afghanistan, with their substandard equipment. the troops do good, courageous work, and martin needs to fund them. or just rush into an ill-planned election so the conservatives can.

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