In our parliamentary system, they don't call it the "opposition" for nothing. The role of the opposition is to scrutinize and question government actions, hold them accountable and bring to light problems. If the opposition didn't pursue the government over its mis-handling of the entire situation, then I view that as dereliction of duty. Surely, Stephen Harper, then Leader of the Opposition, would have agreed.
Ignatieff, in what I hope becomes a theme:
"No government has the right to hide behind our troops when the government is subjected to scrutiny in the House and that's what happened in Petawawa on Friday. Why does the Prime Minister persist in believing, that when the opposition does its job, which democracy requires, we are and I quote "tarnishing the reputation of our troops"?
I hope all the opposition parties rally around this talking point, because Harper is acting as though any line of questioning is unpatriotic. We can't allow Harper to frame this issue in such divisive terms, it distracts from serious debate and it forces the opposition to defend something that should be a given. Forget defending, it's a trap, go on the offensive, show pride in our democratic role, and in the process make Harper look petty and unnecessarily political.