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Harper causes me to post twice on a Sunday – very rare.

I once said this about our current Prime Minister:

“…this Prime Minister is a partisan cheapshot artist who demeans and disgraces the very chair he sits in as PM. There are many PM’s rolling in their graves at how low Harper has taken the office of Prime Minister down to.”

..and that was before this latest bit of cheap misleading partisan attacks on the opposition parties, and the using of our troops as political props for that attack:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper took a partisan shot at his opposition critics while touring the HMCS Quebec in Trinidad-Tobago Sunday. The Canadian ship and navy officers are helping with security for the Commonwealth summit. Harper, in brief comments to the Canadians, was addressing allegations that Canadian civilian and military leaders ignored warnings of a risk of torture in Afghan prisons. “Let me just say this: living as we do, in a time when some in the political arena do not hesitate before throwing the most serious of allegations at our men and women in uniform, based on the most flimsy of evidence, remember that Canadians from coast to coast to coast are proud of you and stand behind you, and I am proud of you, and I stand beside you.”

Apply my earlier comments X 10 to this latest smear job by Harper; This has nothing to do with attacking the troops, and everything to do with finding out whether or not Canadian officials turned a blind eye to torture being done on prisoners they turned over, or worse knowing it happened, and turning them over anyhow. This is nothing but a red herring attack that tried to paint folks who want to find out the truth of this as being disloyal or traitorous or anti-military; another tactic our Canadian Conservatives have imported from the Cheney/Bush Republicans.

As Samuel Johnston once said, “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel”, and we have a bunch of scoundrels (to word it mildly) in government right now; the biggest one of all being our disgrace of a Prime Minister.

UPDATE: This just came through on email from the Liberals and Michael Ignatieff as an official response to Harper’s inflammatory statements:

“Stephen Harper’s comments are beneath the office of Canada’s prime minister. To use an audience of active Canadian service men and women serving abroad as a prop for political attacks is bad enough. To try to hide behind the brave men and women in uniform for his own government’s handling of the Afghan detainee scandal is even worse. “Mr. Harper’s performance today only underlines the need for a full public inquiry into his government’s handling and apparent cover up of the detainee issue.”

Well said.

UPDATE 2: Via The Jurist, Greg Weston proves he’s the most objective columnist at the Sun chain. He’s no Liberal, but he calls a spade a spade when it comes to Harper:

For more than two years, Stephen Harper’s government has been sitting on more than 1,000 pages of potentially key evidence in the widening fiasco over the alleged torture of Afghan prisoners…But like other documentary evidence surrounding this murky chapter in Canada’s war effort, the military police reports remain under government lock and key. All of which raises the obvious question: What is the government trying to hide? ..(T)he justice department declared all of Colvin’s memos to be matters of “national security” protected by secrecy laws and threatened to have him arrested if any leaked out. The same “secret” stamp has also been slapped on the 2006 military police reports and on virtually every other shred of paper related to the Afghan detainee issue. The feds are even trying to put a “national security” designation on a letter from Colvin’s lawyer complaining about government secrecy and intimidation. Go figure.

One thing is already clear. The Afghan prisoner fiasco is either an insidious government cover-up of official lies and misdeeds or the Harper administration is going to extraordinary lengths to hide the truth about nothing.

I suspect the former is far greater of being the case then the latter. Government’s don’t hide things that are “nothing”. Indeed, they’d be trumpeting those documents to the world if it was “much ado about nothing”. I will mention yet again we need an official independent public judicial inquiry.


6 comments to Harper causes me to post twice on a Sunday – very rare.

  • Anon ABC

    Whenever you hear a man speak of his love for his country, it is a sign that he expects to be paid for it.
    ~ Henry Louis Mencken (born: 1880-09-12 died: 1956-01-29)

  • Gayle

    Hi platty

    Way to totally avoid the point. I guess it does not matter if Canada is breaking international laws, so long as Ignatieff’s polling numbers are lower than Harper’s.

    Norman – the troops are not there to protect the reputation of the PM. Harper did not complain about how the opposition was attacking the PM, he claimed they were attacking the troops – something that is a complete and utter lie.

  • I agree completely! Well Done!

  • Norman Ouston in Mexico

    What a bunch of malarkie. The men in the services already know the entire truth. It was not a cheapshot when Mr. Harper verified what the whole country already knows.

    You think because the men are on a ship far away that they don’t know you Lieberals are trying to cast a shadow on the Prime Minister? Of course they know.

    Platty said it better than I.

  • Give your head a shake, the Liberals have absolutely nothing to offer Canadians.

    Every other day Ignatieff is coming out with another little bit of false bravado.

    What were his numbers in the last poll? 23%?

    Yeah, keep pitchin em Iggy, 10% is just aroung the corner…..

  • Gayle

    I love how documents that are protected due to national security interests get leaked to a Globe and Mail columnist.

    Either they are not really being protected due to national security interests or our national security interests are not being well guarded.

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