EXHIBIT ECHO

February 8, 2003
Staff Writer James Calhoun

Canadian Prime Minister Appoints New Defense Minister

Nova Scotia [AP]  Canadian Prime Minister d’Gorthar appoints General Raymond Sharkey as the new Defense Minister. General Sharkey is well known for his outspoken views on the threat posed by American policies. America’s ambassador to Canada expressed her disapproval of the appointment, but was told that it was Canada’s business, and she should stick to her own country. Vice president Cheney issued a statement condemning d’Gorthar for his words, and expressing hope that America and Canada will remain strong allies.