PM meets U.S. intelligence
[PoliticsWatch updated 6:00 p.m. October 17, 2006]
The Prime Ministers Office says a visit to Parliament Hill by the
top U.S. intelligence official Tuesday was nothing more than a
Shortly after question period, Prime Minister Stephen
Harper met for about half an hour with John Negroponte,
the U.S. national intelligence director, in his Centre Block
The high-level meeting also included U.S. ambassador David
Wilkins and Canada's ambassador to the U.S., Michael Wilson.
The PMO did not give advance notice about the high-level
And Ambassador Wilson did not respond to questions from reporters as
he left Parliament Hill after the meeting.
Carolyn Stewart-Olsen, the PM's press secretary, later told
reporters that Negroponte's visit was just a "courtesy
call" dealing with security issues.
Negroponte is the U.S. terrorism and national security czar. His
position was created in 2005 as a result of recommendations from the
He is the principal advisor to U.S. President George W. Bush,
the National Security Council and the Home Security Council on
national security issues.
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