Metro Snapshot: April 22, 2008
Political scandal at home, political posturing abroad, political protests in Indonesia, and some not so political stuff too for good measure. To find out what you need to know today, read the Metro Snapshot.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with U.S. President George W. Bush and Mexican President Felipe Calderon to discuss the Security and Prosperity Partnership, saying Bush "never promised me anything he couldn't deliver" during his time in office. Back in Canada, opposition MPs accused the Conservatives of having manipulated the public and of cheating in the 2006 election campaign. Margaret Atwood, Cathy Jones, Sarah Harmer and others called for the release of jailed aboriginal leaders, and Brenda Martin's lawyer was optimistic she'd be released from a Mexican prison soon. The RCMP talked to polygamists in B.C.
Protests began in Indonesia in advance of the arrival of the Olympic torch, and the Dalai Lama called on the U.S. to help resolve conflicts between Chinese officials and anti-Beijing protesters in Tibet. U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates said he believes Iran is "hell bent" on acquiring nuclear weapons, and Israel said Jimmy Carter failed to establish a ceasefire with Hamas. At least 20 Haitian migrants fleeing their impoverished homeland drowned when their boat sank off the Bahamas. Hybrid sales increased in the U.S., while Hummer sales increased in China.
Roger Ebert had hip surgery, and Perez Hilton was hip. Rick McGinnis observed that Cloverfield wasn't as good as we'd hoped, and the Montreal Canadiens advanced to the second round of the NHL playoffs.