So about that blue ribbon panel on Afghanistan


It now seems fair to ask: when John Manley chaired that panel on Afghanistan a few years back, was he acting as an honest broker? Or did he work behind the scenes with Harper and company to prepare a script that he read from when the appropriate time came?

That's the problem with compromising your credibility as Manley et al have done with the perimeter security agreement. It can call your entire record into question.

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I'm not quite following this. Are you saying there was a time when Manley had credibility?

Sure he did, PLG. Back in 2005 when he was Canada Chair of the Independent Task Force on the Future of North America :

"The Task Force's central recommendation is establishment by 2010 of a North American economic and security community, the boundaries of which would be defined by a common external tariff and an outer security perimeter."

Manley has been plugging integration for a while now. He is at the Canadian Council of Chief Executives now, after all.

Harmonization with the US was all the talk withing federal working groups back in the late 90s when I was working for the feds. It was being heavily pushed by the likes of John Manley and Paul Martin.

Manley has been plugging integration for a while now.

Yes, he has. Just as his support for the kind of muscular American foreign policy represented by the war in Afghanistan has always been evident. But when he stands up and advocates publicly for policies he believes in, he can still claim to be an honest broker even if some of us think he's mistaken (which I certainly do). When he cooperates with a government in keeping secrets from us and then plays his assigned role as a cheerleader on cue, he's no longer an honest broker. I think a lot of LPC supporters still granted him a certain amount of respect. I'll be interested to see if that holds.


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