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Issues & Experts >  Issues & Experts Archive > Week of March 10 – 17, 2003

Week of March 10 – 17, 2003

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Mar 14, 2003
Quebec voters contemplate budget, election…Voters in Quebec have both finances and politics on their minds this week. It’s expected the Parti Quebecois will call a provincial election, on the heels of a budget experts say was less about buying votes than trying to prove the party is fiscally responsible, and Quebec’s best option. In the wake of a budget that is not expected to come under much scrutiny during anticipated campaigning, SFU political science professor Laurent Dobuzinskis, who specializes in Quebec politics, can comment.

Laurent Dobuzinskis, 604.291.3841, laurent_dobuzinskis@sfu.ca

The battle over war…A compromise by six countries holding crucial swing votes in the UN Security Council, giving Iraq another month to disarm, is the latest move in the effort to subdue plans for a war. SFU historian Andre Gerolymatos, chair of Hellenic studies, specializes in military strategy and has just returned from Washington. He believes the US will go to war unless Saddam Hussein is removed. "The attempt of any resolution is to accommodate (British Prime Minister) Tony Blair, and if they (the US) get a majority on the Security Council, and face a veto, they will declare a moral victory." Gerolymatos says it is next to impossible to either keep all US forces in the region or withdraw them and bring them back later. He also says if Bush backs down, he will lose the next election.

Andre Gerolymatos, 604.291.5597; gerolym@sfu.ca

Canada’s role in the move to avert war…Prime Minister Jean Chretien is drawing a mix of reviews as he speaks out on the potential for war with Iraq and for his attempts to draft a peaceful compromise as the US promotes war with Iraq. The prime minister earlier told US media that Americans had essentially won the war, with its initiatives to surround Saddam Hussein. SFU political science professor Patrick Smith can look at Chretien’s leadership, his role as a player in key war negotiations and how the Canadian public feels about his leadership efforts.

Patrick Smith, 604.291.1544 (h); patrick_smith@sfu.ca

For a list of SFU experts on war-related issues check our website, or call 604.291.3210.