In Toronto, federal NDP Leader Jack Layton had criticism for Mr. Coderre's solo trek.
“Involving individual MPs in a sort of ‘stunt-like' visit does pose risks.... I'm not on the ground to assess that. But you have to respect the judgement of our military leadership,” Mr. Layton told CTV NewsNet.
There are a lot of other ways to find out what's going on, on the ground in Afghanistan, he added.
“Being part of official visits is one, being in touch with the NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations) and working with them, which is what we've done. They're on the ground there now, listening to the UN reports,” said Layton.
Layton offers no criticism of the government's ignoring Coderre's repeated requests, something which no one in the DOD has denied, yet he sees fit to call the trip a "stunt". Layton suffers from Liberal tunnel vision, which clouds his perspective.
Last week, the Liberals were engaged in an internal war of words over Jamie Carroll. What was actually said, seems to be a matter of opinion, but what I found interesting, the fact that Layton found it necessary to comment:
NDP Leader Jack Layton called on Mr. Dion to take "strong action" over the remarks, which he said "deeply saddened him."
I know the obvious retort, but Layton shouldn't make comments about a closed-door Liberal meeting, particularly when the facts were in dispute. To be frank, I almost gagged when I heard the "deeply saddened" comment- I hope Jack's mood has improved after this traumatic event.
Layton and the NDP are in pretty good shape overall. However, the kneejerk political opportunism that Layton forever displays is a decided turnoff, and I don't think it does anything for NDP fortunes. Layton essentially gives the government a pass on Coderre, and I don't see the position as necessarily principled, but simply more of the same old bash the Liberals at every turn. Boring and predictable, but worst of all a total contradiction of the principle first fascade. Two cents.