Our neighbor to the north, Iran

Our neighbor to the north, Iran
: I’m going to give the guy the benefit of the doubt and hope that he was misquoted by the Iranian official news agency but here’s what they say Canada’s deputy prime minister said in Tehran:

Zanjan, June 29, IRNA — Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Patric Carson said here on Sunday that Tehran and Ottawa shared identical problems with Washington.

Carson, who is heading an economic delegation to this northwestern province, said that his country has economic problem with the US while Iran’s problem with Washington is political.

The Canadian official made the remark in a meeting with deputy governor general of the province for planning, Ahmad Sorkhpar.

If true, this is appalling.

: UPDATE: Comments, below, make it clear that the deputy PM is not Patric Carson and no one can find any Patric Carson in the government of Canada. So Iran lies. Surprise, surprise.

  • Greg

    I don’t know who Patric Carson is, but John Manly is the the deputy PM and I believe he is in Canada right now.
    Regards,
    Greg

  • Greg

    Actually, the correct spelling is John Manley. Still no sign of Patric Carson but he is not a member of the Cabinet:
    http://www.liberal.ca/lpc/cabinet.aspx?site=mp
    Greg

  • http://www.buzzmachine.com Jeff Jarvis

    Greg:
    Thanks for the info. As I said, it certainly sounded suspect. I wonder who it was who said something near this; I’ll bet that will come out and the truth will be miles away from the IRNA reported.

  • balbulican

    “Patric Carson” is neither a member of Parliament nor a member of the Senate…I’ve never heard of them before.
    Jeff, you might want to correct this on your front page, no?