Apparently Michael Ignatieff decided that today was the day to finally have a public conversation about Canada's continued support for American and NATO policy in Afghanistan. When he and Bob Rae combined with the Conservatives to sign us up for another four year term of uncritical support for that policy, they didn't think it was necessary to have a debate about it in the House of Commons. But now we have a good idea of his opinion of those who disagree with him.
A Jack Layton government would be a mistake, he said, especially on a file like Afghanistan, where the NDP has demanded Canadian troops be pulled out immediately.
"Come on, folks, let's be serious," Ignatieff said in Vancouver Tuesday.
"We've got to choose a government on the 2nd of May; we can't choose a bunch of boy scouts on this issue."
The condescension is just palpable, isn't it? The first post I wrote on this was so obscene I toyed with the idea of attaching a Not Safe For Work warning to it. In the end I just scrubbed it and backed off for a few minutes.
I happen to think that the current policy in Afghanistan is doing far more harm than good. If that makes me a boy scout, so be it. I have to go farther than Greg did. If I had been considering voting Liberal for strategic reasons, this would probably be enough to kill it. It's not just that I think Ignatieff is dead wrong on an issue of policy that involves spilling blood; it's the obvious contempt he holds for anyone who isn't on side with it.
Now I have another reason to cheer the NDP on. The poorer the showing for the Liberals, the more likely it is that this will be Ignatieff's last election.