Tom Mulcair's tour of Manitoba flood zone vetoed by defence minister


Locutus
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper has taken a chopper tour of flood-stricken southern Manitoba but apparently his government doesn't see any need for NDP Leader Tom Mulcair to see the disaster zone for himself.

Mulcair is in Winnipeg Wednesday, just as floodwaters are expected to crest in the southwestern part of the province. He is speaking to the media at 3 p.m. ET - CBCnews.ca is carrying the event live.


With the help of Premier Greg Selinger's office, Mulcair had arranged to get a briefing and a tour of a military command post that's co-ordinating the work of 500 soldiers who've been helping fill sandbags and shore up dikes along the swollen Assiniboine River.

Brig. Gen. Christian Juneau, commander of the third Canadian Division, had agreed to the tour, according to Mulcair's office.

All that was needed was a green light from Defence Minister Rob Nicholson.

Late Tuesday, Mulcair was informed that Nicholson had vetoed the visit. Nicholson's office did not respond to a request for an explanation.

'No reason' for minister to intervene: NDP

"It's disheartening to see the Conservatives play politics during a crisis," said Mulcair spokesman George Smith.

"This was a simple briefing that had been arranged with the military. There was no reason for the minister to go out of his way and intervene."


It's conceivable Nicholson doesn't want politicians getting in the way of relief efforts.

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Tom Mulcair's tour of Manitoba flood zone vetoed by defence minister - Politics - CBC News

tom and the ceeb will be mad

hey, it saves money too.


at left: steve having a look ..................................right: sad, left-out tommy mulcair




then again, he's just an MP, not a Minister...maybe little tom should have chucked a few sandbags with folks and voila!...le photo op.
 
Praxius
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Actually he's not just an MP, he's the Opposition Leader of Canada and should be able to observe what's going on just as much as Harper in order to do his job and make sure the Conservatives are doing their job.

If past opposition leaders were allowed to fly to Afghanistan, why the hell wouldn't they be able to check on a crisis within Canada, in which they serve?

Besides, why is it so important that Harper gets an expensive helicopter flight tour? Harper doesn't run the military that's helping out, the Gov. General does.
 
Spade
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Harper needs a democracy transplant.
 
lone wolf
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PM Harper ATV Joyride quotI Make The Rulesquot - YouTube



Some things never change....
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Why should Muclair need to visit the site aside from a photo op?
 
Locutus
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiingView Post

Why should Muclair need to visit the site aside from a photo op?

Entitlement, ego, grandiosity, I'm Thomas Mulcair and you're not,...you know, the usual...he shoulda helped sandbag...looks better on him.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

Entitlement, ego, grandiosity, I'm Thomas Mulcair and you're not,...you know, the usual...he shoulda helped sandbag...looks better on him.

I don't think any politician needs to be there but I can see the PM or Primier as they have the power to act on what they see. There is absolutely no reason for the leader of the opposition to be touring.
 

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