Thursday, December 27, 2007

Maxime Bernier: strike seven

A very stark contrast in play today, as we witness the horrific assassination of Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan, in the leadership shown by our own political leaders.

Bob Rae holding a public press conference today, speaking out as Canadians look for leadership and some solutions from a Canadian perspective:
Now more than ever, Canada must take a much bigger role in diplomatic efforts between Pakistan and Afghanistan to prevent insurgents from crossing the border between the two countries, said Liberal foreign affairs critic Bob Rae, who predicted that Bhutto's assassination will have a significant effect on Canadian efforts in Afghanistan.

"It has a huge on what we're thinking about and what we're doing right next door (to Pakistan)," Rae told a news conference in Toronto Thursday.

"It's not a question that we can afford to ignore."
A public face put forth to mirror people's concerns and start asking questions is a function of a competent government. A politician who is fluent and confident in addressing such major international challenges. And in stark contrast to the politicians populating the Conservative benches, is not tentative and on a leash by a restrictive PMO.

Meanwhile, the B team running our foreign affairs, and government, for that matter, I'm looking at you Maxime Bernier, release a careful written statement:
Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier condemned Bhutto's assassination, saying it's clear her killers were bent on preventing fully democratic elections scheduled for Jan. 8.

"Canada condemns in the strongest terms this attack on the restoration of Pakistan's efforts to return to full democracy," Bernier said in a written statement.

"I urge the Government and people of Pakistan to continue to reject all forms of violence and to resist those who seek to destabilize their country. Stability in Pakistan is vital for regional stability and security".
Bravo, Maxime, well done. A written statement. How utterly deficient.