Chretien Declines Trip to U.S. for Award
Prime Minister Jean Chretien has decided not to visit Washington to receive an award next month, officials said. Bilateral relations have deteriorated badly since Ottawa decided not to send troops to Iraq and because of criticism of Washington by members of the ruling Liberal Party. The U.S. National Parks Conservation Assn. had invited Chretien to a dinner to celebrate his decision to create 15 new national parks.