Nov. 27, 2002
CANADIAN GOV'T PR ADVISORS
MOCK BUSH AS 'IDIOT,' 'MORON'
MediaWorks West, a PA advisor to the Canadian province of Alberta's government, has issued a correction and apology after a memo to Premier Ralph Klein's staff called President George W. Bush an "idiot."
The incident follows another verbal slap at the President from Prime Minister Jean Chretien's communication director, Francoise Ducros, who has resigned her post following a backlash against her characterization of Bush as a "moron" at a NATO summit this month. Chretien had initially refused Ducros' resignation, but relented after the aide said her comment made it impossible to do her job.
Edmonton-based MediaWorks had issued a memo which read, "New! Chretien refuses resignation of his communications director and says there is no evidence Francoise Ducros used the word 'moron' to describe THAT IDIOT (my caps) [sic] George Bush." Ten minutes later, the firm issued a correction and later circulated an apology by VP Jodine Chase, who called the matter an "editing error," according to The Ottawa Citizen.
Chretien, a golf pal of former President Bill Clinton, hails from the left wing of Canada's ruling Liberal party and is reportedly at odds with the Bush Administration on several issues. Reuters has noted that Chretien is one of the few leaders of a close U.S. ally that has not been invited to President Bush's Texas ranch.