Canada: The Talk of Ottawa

The Talk of Ottawa

Canada's Progressive Conservative government was briefly rocked last week by what passes in Ottawa, apparently, for a sex scandal. Defense Minister Robert Coates, 56, resigned after a local newspaper reported that he might have breached national security last November by spending two hours in a seedy striptease bar in Lahr, West Germany.

The tizzy began when the Ottawa Citizen ran a story saying that Coates and two aides, in Europe on a NATO tour, had stopped off at the nightclub, where Coates, it appears, did no more than have a drink at the bar and chat with one of the strippers....

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