Cannon threw away script on Russia

Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon went off-script during his trip to the Arctic last year when talking about a possible Russian parachute jump to the North Pole, according to documents obtained by The Canadian Press. The minister called the planned jump a "stunt" and an exercise in "propaganda." By comparison, the media response lines were low-key with no criticism of Russia. Russia had planned to commemorate the 60th anniversary of a parachute landing by two Soviet scientists in the Arctic.

Published: Wednesday, 02/23/2011 12:00 am EST

Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon went off-script during his trip to the Arctic last year when talking about a possible Russian parachute jump to the North Pole, according to documents obtained by The Canadian Press. The minister called the planned jump a "stunt" and an exercise in "propaganda." By comparison, the media response lines were low-key with no criticism of Russia. Russia had planned to commemorate the 60th anniversary of a parachute landing by two Soviet scientists in the Arctic.

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