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Harper says the CPC loves Canada’s military history. The rest of us apparently don’t.

Steve made mention at his site earlier today about how Harper was talking to his Conservative riding organizers and made the inference that he stood up for Canadians who had “no time to protest or money to hire protesters.” (and then Steve did a beautiful job of listing all the groups who are supposedly deadbeats for protesting, according to Harper’s definition).

What got me was another quote. I don’t consider Harper an idiot for all of the things I find wrong with his political ideology, but I felt this statement was idiotic, regardless of whether it was being said to a bunch of partisan supporters or not:

Harper said the Conservatives aren’t ashamed of “Canada’s rich military heritage.”

…which means of course that Harper is trying to infer that the Liberals, NDP and BQ (and we might as well throw the Greens in there too) are ashamed. Deceivin’ Stephen’s attempted politicization of the military continues; he and the Conservatives wishes to paint everyone else other then themselves as anti-soldier, and in this case, ashamed of the things Canada’s military has done in the past. So, according to the PM and his party, if you don’t support the mission in Afghanistan, you’re therefore anti-military, you don’t support the troops, and you’re obviously not a Conservative Party member or supporter. Therefore, you must also be ashamed or are against what Canada did in World War 2, the Korean War and World War 1. Heck, you’re probably even ashamed of what the Canadian militia did in its part for helping the British to defend Canada in the War of 1812, according to Harper’s inference!

As if that stunner of a statement wasn’t enough, we got this beauty from the PMO as a follow-up, claiming that Harper takes the high road when it comes to the military:

Harper didn’t use the word “Afghanistan” in the speech. He wouldn’t answer reporters’ questions afterwards.Officials from the Prime Minister’s Office say Harper refuses to play politics with the deaths of soldiers.

Um.. what exactly do you call the previous statement that Harper just made? A non-partisan speech designed to unify the country? I mean, I know the PMO is trying to spin things for Harper – that’s its job, but I wonder if even they were a bit embarrassed releasing that statement to the media.

5 comments to Harper says the CPC loves Canada’s military history. The rest of us apparently don’t.

  • Never mind all those vets who had money stuffed into an income trust…

  • slg

    I guess Harper thinks that those veterans ( I know a few) who do not support him and his Conservative government don't support themselves and are not proud of what they did for Canada.

  • w

    Nah,  that was a swipe at only Duceppe. 
    There isn't much ground between the Libs and Cons on the military. 
    It was the Libs who agreed to the combat mission, made the mission extention possible,   and it is the Libs who would like to see the troops stay in Afghanistan,  with a different focus.  
    PMSH conceeded to that.

  • Fret none or very little

    Harper the organ grinder is just playing to his orchestra pit of trained seals.

  • "Harper didn’t use the word “Afghanistan” in the speech. He wouldn’t answer reporters’ questions afterwards.Officials from the Prime Minister’s Office say Harper refuses to play politics with the deaths of soldiers."

    If he wasn't playing politics, he would have mentioned the issue on the tip of everyone's tongues in Quebec.  The omission is pure POLITICAL CALCULATION.   I wonder if they actually believe their own bad spin?

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