Little Fish in a Giant pond

Friday, August 17, 2007

Spinning out of control

Liberal Leader St├ęphane Dion had best be careful. It appears that the Liberal position on the mission in Afghanistan is getting lost somewhere between the press and the public (just to be clear I am not blaming the press or anyone else for that matter).
One need only look at the recent article released by the Canadian Press to see what is happening. The article is entitled Tell Bush we're out of Afghanistan in '09, Dion tells Harper and it is not until one reads further along into the article that the reader is informed that Dion is only asking that Canadian troops no-longer occupy a combat role in the province of Kandahar after our commitment expires in 2009. While the article itself does tell the truth, the title is rather misleading, and after all, not everyone reads the entire article.
The Liberal Leader's position is not pefectly in line with my own, but at least it is not the "turn tale and run" position of the NDP. Unfortunately, that is exactly how the Liberal message is being spun.
We Liberals are going to have to do a better job of getting the message out as to exactly what the details of our position are. Otherwise, we risk losing the ever so Canadian game of brokerage politics.


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