Canadian Prime Minister

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A spokesman says President Bush has "thanked Canada for contributions to Iraq," but hasn't budged on a policy barring non-coalition members from many reconstruction contracts.

Bush and new Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin spoke by telephone today.

The White House spokesman says Martin complained his country is being excluded from bidding on many Iraqi projects.

The spokesman says Bush promised to "keep open the lines of communication," but didn't change his stance.

Canada has allotted $225 million in aid for Iraq, but was upset last week when Bush officials said countries that didn't fight in Iraq couldn't bid on many contracts.

Bush says he won't send US dollars to countries that opposed the war. He added in a Washington news conference today that taxpayers "understand that clearly."


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