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So asking questions about the detainees is an insult to the Cdn troops?

That’s apparently Stephen Harper’s view from his Google Youtube “interview”.

Normally, I’d be outraged, and post a long-winded rant about what a misleading and idiotic a statement that is, except Harper and his government (see Peter MacKay) have been saying that schtick for awhile (and a large portion of the Canadian electorate/public aren’t buying it) so it doesn’t surprise me he’d repeat it in a scripted tightly controlled “interview”.

Good response here though from a commentator at Susan Delacourt’s blog, that bears repeating:

Our troops didn’t commit torture, they reported it. Ottawa ignored, neglected and denied that those reports did exist, and, tried to destroy the reputation of the person who made those reports to Ottawa – Richard Colvin…Think about it: Our troops comply with the Geneva Convention and all related protocols, report it to Colvin who reports it to Ottawa, and Ottawa sweeps it under the carpet, and the PMO is so obtuse as to say that questions about detainees is an insult to the troops

A public inquiry or the turning over of documents to the Parliament is the only way for Harper and his government to resolve this. The ‘mandate’ given to a former Supreme Court justice is not good enough nor acceptable, but a whitewash and a stalling tactic.

5 comments to So asking questions about the detainees is an insult to the Cdn troops?

  • Jim

    Liberals, NDP, and Bloc introduced three seperate parlimentary privelge motions in the house this morning…

  • bull caller

    Sadly, doing the proper thing and holding the conservatives in contempt of parliament seems to be taking a backseat to other things like Ignatieff’s “drugs are bad” tour. “Marijuana cigarette”??? Really Michael???? The enquiry should come AFTER documents are released. Get on with it! Looks like there is little appetite to do so now however.

    So many opportunities to highlight the glaring incompetence and misdirection of this government and the opposition has one hell of a collective tin ear. The conservatives will continue to rule with their rabid, dullard 30 odd percent until the opposition can actually go beyond their own internal naval gazing. Canadian’s don’t want Harper but the opposition’s squandering of opportunities gives the rest of the electorate a reason to stay home and punish them.

    What a sad state of affairs.

    • Red Forever

      Bull Caller

      I agree

      However Peter Donolo says the LPOC is playing a “long game”

      • bull caller

        @Red Forever,

        Yes I hear that is the word, unfortunately the long game doesn’t involve building momentum with the plethora of easy wins along the way to demonstrate viable leadership and ability to form government. I’m not entirely sure what ‘game’ it is they are playing, but the libs (in particular) are really having trouble with step one: differentiate yourselves from the conservatives.

        I’m definitely not a dipper (or a lib, or green, etc. etc.) but good on them for their easy win on the prorogue motion, if even that it is symbolic today. Once again, eroding momentum for the libs. The opposition needs to coordinate to support the 2/3 of us rather than continuously pointing a gun at each other’s feet and pulling the trigger.

        I guess we’ll have to leave it up to the brilliant minds steering the opposition to tell us plebs what we care about….. *sigh*

        • Red Forever

          Bull Caller

          All your points are very valid.

          I wish the LPOC would start showing Canadians, that they are willing to stand for something.

          Start giving people a reason to vote for them.

          The opposition should all be standing together for democracy.

          If they are not willing to fight for that, what is the point of them being there at all

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