President Bush returns to the White House from a weekend at Camp David, Md., Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002. Bush met Saturday with British Prime Minister Tony Blair to work toward gathering support for his strategy to remove Iraq's Saddam Hussein from power. (AP
TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada will not back the United States if it decides to launch a pre-emptive strike to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein ( news - web sites), Deputy Prime Minister John Manley said on Sunday in an interview during CTV's "Question Period."
Manley said Canada was not willing to become involved in a U.S.-led strike on Iraq because there was not sufficient evidence that Iraq was developing weapons of mass destruction or of any link to al Qaeda.
"As for going in and changing the regime, as opposed to going in and ensuring that there are no weapons of mass destruction, we haven't signed on to that," Manley told CTV.