Harper's Foot In Mouth Disease


mt_pockets1000
#1
PM apologizes after wrongly attributing quote to Ignatieff
By THE CANADIAN PRESS
L'AQUILA, Italy — Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized to his chief political rival Friday, after attacking Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff for comments he never made.
"During my press conference I attacked Mr. Ignatieff for some things he had allegedly said about Canada in the G8," Harper said in a statement only to television cameras.
"I learned shortly after the press conference this was not a quotation of Mr. Ignatieff. I regret the error and I apologize to Mr. Ignatieff for this error."
One of Harper's chief communications aides, Dimitri Soudas, said he had mistakenly informed the prime minister that comments by an academic about Canada's irrelevance in the G8 were actually Ignatieff's.
The academic said Canada is at risk of being shut out of such international councils.
Harper took those comments and ran with them in both official languages during his closing news conference at the Group of Eight summit.
He accused Ignatieff of being "irresponsible," saying the Liberal leader is "supposed to be a Canadian."
Shortly after the 45-minute news conference ended, Soudas rushed to inform Canadian media that he'd misread an email, wrongly attributed a quote to Ignatieff and then advised the prime minister to comment publicly on the matter.
Liberal foreign affairs critic Bob Rae said that the matter showed Harper's true character.
"I think all Canadians have to recognize that we have the smallest man on the world stage that it's possible to imagine, and that's Stephen Harper," Rae said in an interview.
"He never misses an opportunity to stoop. Not to conquer, just to throw mud."
Copyright © 2009 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved.



I'd like to apologize to the rest of the world for our prime minister. We'll get it right next election...we promise.
 
darkbeaver
Republican
#2
An apology would be about thirty years too late at this point. He likes entrances.
 
Walter
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by mt_pockets1000 View Post

I'd like to apologize to the rest of the world for our prime minister. We'll get it right next election...we promise.

Now you'll start complaining that O'Bama claimed he'd been to 57 states.
 
Machjo
#4
Rae, however, was not to be outpartisaned. He just couldn't resist becoming the pot calling the kettle black.

As for Ignatieff, I must admit that, though far from perfect, he has managed to avoid partisan bickering far better than Harper has.
 
Machjo
#5
In fact, might Harper be the most partisan PM Canada's ever had? I rmember a few months ago in a meeting in South America, he'd made a comment to the cameras that he's not socialist, but supports Obama's efforts to build relations with Cuba. Who cares whether he's socialist or not; especially abroad, he's to represent all Canadians, not Canadians of a particular political stripe.

Then when he'd prorogued Parliament, on TV of all places, he'd decided to take a few political swipes at the sovereigntist movement even though it had nothing in particular to do with the prorogation of parliament, an issue having to do with nothing more than a vote of confidence in the government.

And now, at the G8 summit, he's busy taking political swipes at Ignatieff.

You know what, maybe we should make it a requirement that whenever an independent MP is sitting in Parliament, that he must have first dibs at the position. André Arthur would have no interst in partisan bickering seeing that he doesn't even belong to a party.

But if we must have a partisan PM, then let's at least go back to the days when they were able to keep their partisanship to themselves at least when abroad in public.
 
AnnaG
#6
That'd be really sweet for a change.I don';t think we should hold our breaths waiting, though.
 
Machjo
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by AnnaG View Post

That'd be really sweet for a change.I don';t think we should hold our breaths waiting, though.

We get the governments we elect.
 
Liberalman
Free Thinker
#8
Bumbling Conservative Prime Minister

Or is he suffering from memory loss

Either way Canada needs the Liberals to get this country out of the mess the Conservatives created
 
Machjo
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by Liberalman View Post

Bumbling Conservative Prime Minister

Or is he suffering from memory loss

Either way Canada needs the Liberals to get this country out of the mess the Conservatives created

There are a few zbumbling Liberals in the pack too, just as there are good Conservatives, Greens, or Dippers. In the end, each candidate needs to be judged on his own terms.
 
AnnaG
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by Machjo View Post

We get the governments we elect.

Sort of. But then we only can judge by all the BS they tell us they can do, right? And we only get to choose once every few years right? I mean look at the buncha culls we have here, for instance. The Mickey Mouse Club has more on the ball than most of this bunch.
 
AnnaG
#11
Quote: Originally Posted by Liberalman View Post

Bumbling Conservative Prime Minister

Or is he suffering from memory loss

Either way Canada needs the Liberals to get this country out of the mess the Conservatives created

Yeah. Martin never supported terrorism, never cancelled any seniors programs, never let Alan Rock have his (empty) head and impose the $2 billion and counting firearms joke, er registry, I mean, etc. etc. etc. etc.
lmao That's good for a laugh.
 
Unforgiven
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by Liberalman View Post

Bumbling Conservative Prime Minister

Or is he suffering from memory loss

Either way Canada needs the Liberals to get this country out of the mess the Conservatives created

He certainly is an embarrassment on the International stage.
 
El Barto
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by Liberalman View Post

Bumbling Conservative Prime Minister

Or is he suffering from memory loss

Either way Canada needs the Liberals to get this country out of the mess the Conservatives created

Oh god !!!!!
You really think that?
All we are going to do is changes the type of hole we are in .
hmmmm
too early for those thoughts .........never mind
 
El Barto
#14
umm did we forget Jean Cretien already?
 
mit
Free Thinker
#15
Atleast he wore a red shirt at the Calgary Stampede.
 
strange
No Party Affiliation
#16
I think the cons really fear Iggy. Attacking a rival, while not in an election campaign, on the national stage, without having the foresight to check your info is a pretty good indicator of fear.
 

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