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Canadian magazine: Bush is a liberal

Canadian magazine: Bush is a liberal
President George W. Bush speaks at Jackson Barracks, the headquarters of the Louisiana National Guard in New Orleans, August 20, 2008. The president returned to New Orleans on the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina to discuss the city's recovery from the storm. (UPI Photo/A.J. Sisco) | License Photo

TORONTO, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A Canadian weekly news magazine claimed in this week's issue U.S. President George Bush is "shockingly liberal."

MacLean's said in its Aug. 21 issue Bush is known in his two terms for expanding presidential powers, cutting taxes, fighting a pre-emptive war and authorizing interrogation techniques that "amount to torture."

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However, the magazine highlighted Bush's liberal policies and questioned what historians would write about the "chameleon president."

"He grew the federal government in size and expense, he did more than any president before him to track and invest in the achievement of black and Latino children and he was an eloquent advocate of human dignity," the magazine said.

The magazine said despite those typically liberal traits, "this passionate champion of liberty circumvented laws to spy on his own citizens, and this lover of freedom toppled one dictator while propping up others."

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