Daily Archives: January 23, 2008

A careless Green message

Oh, cripes. It’s obvious to a person of goodwill what the Green party was getting at in describing most ISAF soldiers in Afghanistan as “forces from a Christian/Crusader heritage,” but politics is, tragically, not full of people of goodwill. Particularly not Pierre Poilievre, the Conservative MP for Nepean-Carleton, who specializes in responses like this, which I’m reluctant to dignify by quoting. Suffice it to say that Poilievre demands a retraction of the Greens’ insult of our Canadian troops, takes shots at the Liberals, etc.

On the one hand, I deplore cheap stunts like Poilievre’s. I think he’s a bad man for what he and people like him do to our discourse. On the other, one of the Greens’ biggest problems is in sending clear messages about where they stand, i.e., not always in Birkenstocks. Sometimes vagueness is a necessary consequence of divisions within the party that have to be papered over for now. This time, it’s just sloppiness, made all the worse because it comes before the thrust of the news release has even become clear.