Bitter and disillusioned after decades of watching my country slip from respectable middle power to mediocrity, things have finally started to turn aroud.
As soon as the Conservatives won the election in January, the weasles in the Liberal Party started crying that we need to debate whether or not Canadian soldiers (whom they committed to Afghanistan three years ago without debate) should have been sent to Afghanistan at all :loco:
Harper didn’t cave in to polls showing the Canadian public wanted the troops to come home. Harper didn’t cave in to the weasles’ demand he debate a moot point. Instead he did something no Canadian Prime Minister has done in almost 20 years — He showed some leadership. The Canadian Prime Minister went where the action is. He visited the troops in Kandahar.
Imagine that, the guy elected to lead Canada actually…well…leading Canada! The Canadian Prime Minister giving a speech to troops in a war zone, so different from Bill Graham in a parliamentary hallway huffing and puffing like a rabid hamster.
Long ignored by the press, domestic and foreign, the Afghanistan mission immediately became a news item. The polls reversed themselves, now Canadians support the mission and want to see it through.
Not only did the PM finally give recognition to the 24 Canadians killed on 9/11 (the Liberals liked to pretend no Canadians were killed), the PM made Canada respectable again in the eyes of its allies. We won’t cut and run (his words), leaving our friends to do the work while we, smug in our sense of self-importance, snipe from the sidelines.
But there is more to it than that, much more. In Stephen Harper, Canada once again has a Prime Minister who stands for more than re-election.
I feel like I’ve just received a big shot of optimism.