"Without giving away the store, the damage is done and I think from this Canadians have reached the conclusion that everybody's in charge, nobody's in charge. I think it's gone into questioning this whole government's management of Afghanistan. I think it undermined a lot of public confidence in accepting the government's word on what is going in Afghanistan"
"I think it's going to have much broader implications, it's turned alot of people off. Frankly, everytime the Prime Minister comes back with this, if you don't agree with us you're against the troops, I think that is more of an insult than a legitimate response. I think it's turning off more people than it's endearing."
Stephen Harper, turning off more Canadians today in British Columbia:
"I think quite frankly it has detracted from the good work, Canadian men and women are doing in the field in Afghanistan. And, I think the opposition should focus a lot more of their energy assisting what Canadian troops are doing"
People have questioned whether or not the torture issue has political legs. I think the answer lies within one word, credibility. The issue itself may wane, but as this poll looks to point out, it has chipped away at public confidence in this government, particularly as it relates to honesty. That erosion is essential to everything the government delivers. Once the population questions the integrity of the government, it manifests itself in a lasting way, and that confidence isn't easily recaptured.