Winnipeg Sun | 08Aug2010 | Orest Slepokura

Harper changes tune

In March 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper affirmed his government’s commitment to Canadian troops serving in Afghanistan, telling hundreds of soldiers there that Canada won’t “cut and run” so long as he’s in charge. “You can’t lead from the bleachers. I want Canada to be a leader,” he told Canadian troops at the Kandahar airfield base the day after he arrived.

With no victory in sight, following a decision by the Harper government the bulk of Canadian forces will, regardless, within a year have left Afghanistan. It seems, Harper no longer cares if Canada is a “leader” on the world stage, that Canadians should now be content to merely sit out events in “the bleachers” far from the decision-making levers of power. The won’t-cut-and-run Stephen Harper of 2006 would surely hold this more reasonable and accommodating 2010 version of Stephen Harper’s political persona in low regard.

Orest Slepokura
Strathmore, Alta.

(Circumstances have changed since ’06.)

WOW, Orest is really stretching things to get a shot in at Harper. Had the Captain of the Titanic changed course things might have turned different, damn the torpedos, full speed ahead is a motto that can often be found in grave yards. It seems Orest is from the" hey watch this" crowd but Harper has done more for the Canadian military than any, bar none, than any other peacetime leader. Things change and if you explore the history of our involvement in this war then do not forget the perfidious machinations of the liberals and dippers.
jk, August 8th 2010, 7:39am