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'A woman with great dignity': Winnipeggers praise the Queen, slam Manley for anti-royal remarks (The Ottawa Citizen)

The Ottawa Citizen
October 9, 2002

The Ottawa Citizen


'A woman with great dignity': Winnipeggers praise the Queen, slam Manley for anti-royal remarks


WINNIPEG -- Even as the Queen makes her way across the country in a blaze of smiles and songs, an unmistakable dramatic tension is now building in the 2002 royal visit as she approaches her first encounter this weekend with her beleaguered Ottawa escort, Deputy Prime Minister John Manley.

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But in the Senate, Liberal Senator Anne Cools denounced Mr. Manley, saying his statements about the Queen were a direct attack on Mr. Chretien because his words rob the prime minister of his moral authority.

She argued the deputy prime minister had breached the parliamentary privileges of all MPs and senators, in part by breaking cabinet solidarity. Calling his statements "odious," she said Mr. Manley should resign his seat for two weeks and not escort the Queen while she's in Ottawa.

Her arguments irked her Liberal colleague in the red chamber, Senator Laurier Lapierre, who called Ms. Cools' statements "irresponsible" and "reprehensible" before being cut off by the Speaker.

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