Liberals don’t get outraged like this when lies are told about them in public. They get outraged when the truth is told in public. Similarly, that’s manifestly what they were on about when they kept talking about a Conservative “hidden agenda”. They weren’t afraid of a phantom hidden Conservative agenda being “hidden”—they were afraid of the Conservatives’ agenda—and their own—being exposed.
And sometimes, apparently, when agendas are exposed, liberals then insult the speaker and attempt to marginalize them and call them “a prop for the Conservative party”.
If it is the Liberals’ Defense critic who is calling the top General of our national military “a prop for the Conservative party”, it is at that point that the leader of the Liberal Party should fire the unthinking minion on the basis that he is obviously bereft of even a modicum of common sense; and moreover, on the basis that theoretically, were they to win the next election, he would be working very closely with what he has described as “prop for the Conservative party”, to literally defend Canada and our way of life. For that is the only “agenda” of General Rick Hillier.
And the Liberals, were we living in a sane world, would be compelled to make an official public apology, and then left on the opposition benches for a good long time.
Liberal defence critic Denis Coderre is crying foul because Canada’s top General, Rick Hillier, spoke the truth. The no-holds-barred General Hillier said during a speech that during the Liberals’ time in office, defence spending was lowered and caused a dark period for the military. That’s very diplomatic of him. Personally, I’ve been calling it a period of “treason”, actually, and I believe I’m closer to the truth.
Hillier was right to explain that little tidbit to Canadians. Canadians need to hear more information like that. You know, “truth”.
Defence critic takes offence at general’s critique of military Funding
Mike Blanchfield, National Post
Published: Saturday, February 17, 2007
OTTAWA – General Rick Hillier, the Chief of the Defence Staff, was attacked as a “prop” of the Conservative government yesterday after he referred to defence cuts by the former Liberal government as “a decade of darkness.”
Liberal defence critic Denis Coderre accused the outspoken defence chief of overstepping himself politically in a speech to the annual meeting of the Conference of Defence Association Institute in Ottawa.
“I never thought he would become a prop for the Conservative party,” Mr. Coderre said after Gen. Hillier’s one-hour address to hundreds of military delegates. “I felt it was part of a communication plan … To get involved in politics, there is one way: You should run.”
In his speech, Gen. Hillier made reference to the defence cuts the Liberals started in 1994 in their first budget after winning power—which they held until 13 months ago.
“Over the past one to two years, we have begun to fully realize the immense, the negative impact of the defence expenditure reductions in 1994 and the lasting, almost negative legacy that they brought into effect that has to be put right,” Gen. Hillier said.
Gen. Hillier noted the cuts have left “some deep wounds … in the Canadian Forces over this past, what I would call, a decade of darkness.”
Other experts did call it a “near rust-out” and “bankruptcy” of our national defences.
Liberals still aren’t used to the concept that there are actually people in this country who have the occasional non-liberal thought, and who let those thoughts leak out into society.
It is allowed though, and in fact I would say it is actually very important—desirable—beneficial—for our nation to hear these truths—non-liberal though they may be—as uttered by people who actually know. We can’t only hear liberal hacks who are merely trying to obfuscate and deceive you for their own selfish political needs, all the time.
[…] Gen. Hillier denied his speech had any political intent.
“I’m not a politician. I don’t tread in those waters. My job as Chief of the Defence Staff is to describe clearly and paint a picture,” he said. “As the Chief of the Defence Staff, I care not who governs our country as long as they support the Canadian Forces.”
That’s one of the reasons why I voted Conservative—that whole “defend Canada” thing. And I’m no “prop”, Coderre. I’m merely proud to be Canadian.