Oct 09 2009
Canadian Liberals have been harping on a Tory “hidden agenda” for as many years as they’ve been out of power. It doesn’t seem to be doing them much good.
For instance, Loyal Grit pundit Warren Kinsella says the Defence Minister’s statement that Canadian troops may stay behind in Afghanistan after 2011 in a non-combat role (CBC) is proof that Canada will be in Afghanistan long after 2011 – and that Conservatives have been lying to Canadians.
Hidden agenda! Hidden agenda!
Kinsella should have attended the CKNW show on Afghanistan in Vancouver last month, where Liberal bigwig Ujjal Dosanjh said virtually the same thing thing as MacKay, that Canadian soldiers would most likely have to remain in Afghanistan, albeit in reduced numbers and primarily non-combat role.
The bigger question is why Kinsella appears to be salivating over the prospect of a speedy and total withdrawal, no matter what — meaning no troops for training Afghan soldiers or safeguarding our own aid workers from Taliban raiders — in 2011. Is this what the Liberals really intend for Afghanistan? If so, shouldn’t they make this completely clear to Canadians, and to the Afghan people?
Which party has the real hidden agenda?