This was NDP leader Tom Mulcair yesterday on the Harper government's decision to cut off diplomatic relations with Iran:
...it's ... becoming increasingly clear that there were serious concerns, we don't have the same information but it would appear that there might be some very solid information that would have led the government to that decision, so until we have that information it's hard to comment further.
Seriously? That's all you've got? The implication in that is that Mulcair doesn't support the decision based on what we do know. So why not say that and put the onus back on the government to justify it? The government's abrupt action appears needlessly provocative when tensions are already high. And cutting off diplomatic relations makes any attempt to negotiate with Iran or to represent the interests of Canadians to Iran that much more difficult.
Or was Mulcair being mealy-mouthed because he actually supports the government's position but knew he was cutting his own foreign policy critic off at the knees and was trying to have it both ways? He sounds like an opposition leader who's afraid to oppose. I was hoping we were past that. And I was really hoping to see a national political party with something that resembled a rational foreign policy.