He may not support the war in Iraq, but at least he's telling his cabinet ministers to shut up.
Prime Minister Jean Chretien says Canada can't back the United States because it doesn't have United Nations support.
Still, Chretien admits the time for debate is over, bluntly telling his fellow Liberals to stop questioning America's move into Iraq.
"Now we have a war. We have to live in that reality." Chretien said. "I hope it will be short and there will be a minimum of casualties."
The comments come after Natural Resources Minister Herb Dhaliwal expressed disappointment with President Bush's determination to wage war.
"He let Americans -- as well as the rest of the world, down," he said. "People expect the president of a superpower to act as a statesman."
Dhaliwal's comments reflect the sentiment reflected in recent opinion polls -- that a majority of Canadians oppose the war.
But they quickly drew fire from right-wing politicians, who called for the minister's resignation.
"This is now yet another stupid comment from a very senior minister of the government as lineups lengthen at the border and our difficulties with the United States increase," said Canadian Alliance leader Stephen Harper.
Harper has been attacking Chretien repeatedly for his decision not to join Washington in the war with Iraq.
"We regret this, we believe it is wrong, we do believe the vast majority of Canadians will be wishing (American forces) a brief and successful campaign," he said.
While Canada may not be involved in the war with Iraq, it has military assets in the Gulf region -- assigned to the war against terrorism.
Three Canadian warships are escorting allied vessels, stopping suspect ships and searching for terrorists and contraband materials.
As well, there are three Hercules transport planes and two Aurora patrol aircraft in the region.
A small but unspecified number of Canadian soldiers have also been posted to the U.S. military's Central Command headquarters in Qatar.
There's a different kind of Canadian presence in Iraq itself.
Former Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's son Sasha is one of 49 Canadians holed up in Baghdad.
The freelance journalist and filmmaker says he wants to see how everyday Iraqis fare in the conflict.
The other notable -- Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham's son.
Patrick Graham is a reporter for one of Canada's national daily newspapers.
That's despite the fact his father's own government department strongly advised Canadians to get out before the bombs started falling.
And finally, a battle of another kind.
Deputy Prime Minister John Manley is expected to officially launch his bid for the Liberal Party leadership next week.
Manley made the decision after returning tanned and rested from a Caribbean cruise with his wife.
Observers predict the 53-year old cabinet minister will have a tough time catching up to Paul Martin, the perceived frontrunner in the race to replace Jean Chretien.
But Manley is responsible for border security with the United States, an issue certain to keep him in the headlines during the war in Iraq.