Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Lamest Answer To A Question Period Question Award

Goes to, our beloved Prime Minister:
NDP Leader Jack Layton rhymed off numbers of detainees handled by British, Dutch and American forces and asked why Canada can't be as open as its allies.

“Are the Americans imperilling their national security by releasing information about their detainees to their public?” Mr. Layton said.

Mr. Harper replied, “I guess what it means is that Canada makes its own policies.”
(emphasis mine)
He forgot to add "as stupid and opaque as they are."

Update:It appears that our libertarian Prime Minister is now taking the libertarian maxim "The government that governs best, governs least" to its ultimate end. That is, the best government is no government at all.

What I find extraordinary about the exchange quoted in Impolitical's post is the sense of detachment evident in Harper's statement. It's like the military is a separate entity from the government. It's like Harper just doesn't understand governing. In the last couple of months we have seen Harper veer from one extreme to the other. He demands total control and blind obedience of some departments (like the nuclear regulator) or he disavows even the slightest idea that he is in charge of others (like the military). It is a truly bizarre way to run a government. It certainly isn't my idea of leadership.
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