Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Liberal second-thoughts

The Liberals have reached a new low with an attack ad, which was pulled from their website today. It is still available on CTV and clearly states that is was authorized by the Liberal Party. In an interview during the French debate, Liberal John Duffy asked CTV's Mike Duffy not to mention the ad. Mike Duffy angrily stated “We will not be intimidated. We will do our jobs as journalists.”

The ad features a voice (CBC Radio's "Promo Girl"?) saying: "Stephen Harper actually announced he wants to increase military presence in our cities. Canadian cities. Soldiers with guns. In our cities. In Canada. We're not making this up. Choose your Canada."

The reality is that Candian soldiers are already stationed in many Canadian cities, as well as abroad, and are not considered a threat to Canadian citizens. I know the Liberals refuse to believe that an inanimate object is incapable of killing somebody, but implying that a Harper government and the Canadian Forces' guns would threaten Canadians in the cities of this country? Even though the ad has been pulled, it's still insulting to soldiers' and to Canadians' intelligence. I can just imagine some of the calls the Liberals got from supporters within the military. Paul Martin told CTV
that "all political parties have ads which are not played". Why did they release it to the media, have Ujjal Dosangh defend Martin's personal approval of all 12 ads and upload it onto the Liberal Party website, before removing it a few hours later?

The Conservatives could have a legitimate counter-attack ad with "Paul Martin actually refused to adequately equip our military presence in other countries. Middle Eastern cities. Soldiers without working subs or jeeps. In dangerous places. In Afghanistan. We're not making this up. Stand up for Canada."

The truth is that foreign policy issues, including how many soldiers we should have and what roles they should take on, are being virtually ignored during this campaign. Canada has just accepted NATO's request to take a leading role in southern Afghanistan.
Canadian Col. S.J. Bowes said his force, which will assume responsibility for Kandahar, is prepared to extend the offensive nature of the operation and that it's not a peacekeeping mission.

Regardless of your position on the announcement that we will be taking on more of a commanding combat role in the middle east, its occurance during an election should spark debate. Shouldn't our soldiers be a serious topic of discussion, not just a convenient target of insults while fear-mongering? We're not in Iraq. Both Harper and Martin stated in the past that Canada should participate in Iraq; Chretien said no. Both now say they won't send troops to Iraq, but neither has mentioned Afghanistan - where we do have troops.


At 10:30 PM, Blogger Paul MacPhail said...

Good to hear from a fellow Islander (and relative, I would think). You probably wouldn't remember the election of '84, but I think you'll see the closest thing to it on January 23rd.
Keep bloggin'!

At 6:41 AM, Blogger Brent Edward Slater said...

The Liberals' attack ads aren't very surprising; all of us who are following the election know that they don't have enough good policies to win this election, so instead they'll try to scare people...but to most Canadians now, it seems like the scariest thing they can imagine is letting these crooks have power again!
And wow, a journalist who isn't scared of the Liberals - Tiny Mike is showing a huge amount of courage!


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