From Hansard, December 14th 1995:
Mr. Preston Manning (Calgary Southwest, Ref.):
Mr. Speaker, the minister provides no rational answer because there is no rational answer.
Any government that can talk itself into believing that a separatist veto over the Constitution of Canada helps national unity can talk itself into any other kind of concession. It is the Neville Chamberlain approach to constitutional negotiation: unity in our time through irrational concessions...
So lets have the Canadian Jewish Congress come out and bitch and whine and demand an apology, shall we?
Incidentally, I've done what I imagine the industrious Aaron Wherry did, which was to run the search term "Neville Chamberlain" through Hansard's search engine. Although I can't claim his brand of journalistic rigor, I can state with near certainty that there has been at least one Neville Chamberlain analogy made in every parliamentary session back to at least 1998. I can't find references in 1997 or 1996, but I didn't look very hard, and then there is old Preston's example from 1995.
So at least one Neville Chamberlain reference in 10 of the last twelve years. Even Alexa McDonough indulged.
Talk about the non-controversy that set the world aflame! A word of advice: just because they're outraged over there at the Natty Post, or any of the newspapers associated with Canada.com, it ain't necessarily news.
I hate it when people beat me to a story. But at least Philippe Gohier seems to have missed the Preston Manning bit.