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Why Canada Said No to the Iraq War

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Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien leaves a news conference in
Ottawa, April 9, 2003. Chretien says he hopes the United States wins
the war, but stands by Canada's decision to stay out of the conflict.
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The "coalition of the willing" was what President Bush called the group of 48 countries that supported the invasion of Iraq, despite the lack of United Nations authorization.

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Absent from that group was one on America's strongest allies — Canada.

Paul Heinbecker was Canada's ambassador to the UN at the time.

He speaks with anchor Marco Werman about Canada's decision to stay out of the US-led invasion of Iraq.