OTTAWA -- Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay is accusing the New Democrats of demoralizing Canadian troops in Afghanistan with talk of withdrawing them from combat.Exhibit B:
MacKay says in a speech to the Canadian International Centre that calling for peace talks with the Taliban -- a suggestion made by NDP Leader Jack Layton -- only makes insurgents bolder.
Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay is in hot water after he allegedly referred to Belinda Stronach -- his former romantic interest -- as a dog.On the other hand, I did learn something new - apparently the legendarily "loyal" dog that MacKay posed with post-tantrum belonged to his neighbour, not him. So dude's not only a petty, vindictive, stupid pantywaist, but he's a liar, too.
His comment came during a heated exchange in the House of Commons over the government's new Clean Air Act.
After a Liberal MP asked how the new clean-air rules would affect MacKay's dog, he pointed to Stronach's empty chair and responded: "You already have her."
As for the Afghanistan remark, Mackay elaborated to say this:
Although he doesn't refer to Layton by name, MacKay says there are some who believe they can wave a magic wand and make the insurgency disappear.See, and I say there are some people who want to continue the policies of the status quo, despite the fact that it's clearly not working. That isn't naive - it's the textbook definition of insanity. Sadly for us all, those people currently fill the Cabinet positions in the government of Canada.
That's "naive,'' he says.
I should say that I actually believe that Layton's, and the NDP's, position probably does upset the troops in Afghanistan. That doesn't, by itself, make it wrong.