Nobody FORCED Stephen Harper to get sidetracked, abandon discussing all those supposed G8 accomplishments. The media would be discussing those issues, if not for Harper introducing petty partisan politics into the equation. Harper volunteered the diversion, he chose not to focus on the issues Powers lauded, but instead turned it all into a "gotcha" moment. So, when Powers laments that real issues have been ignored here, he is really criticizing the Prime Minister for misplaced priorities. I found that a fascinating irony.
In one of the comments, Joseph mentioned this idea that Harper did Canada harm by introducing this debate about our worthiness as part of the G8. Harper made the following comment, directed towards Ignatieff:
"Nobody, but Mr. Ignatieff has suggested excluding Canada from a meeting of major countries. Nobody. That's the first anybody has heard of it. I think it's a irresponsible suggestion."
As it turns out, NOBODY had suggested excluding Canada, except for Harper raising the issue. In the final analysis, "the first anybody has heard of it" came from the Prime Minister of Canada, which is quite "IRRESPONSIBLE" when you think about it.
I don't think you let this issue drift away, for the Liberals you revisit it, whenever you can. As a matter of fact, this gaffe is central to our campaign thesis. Kinsella made the point in the interview, and I hope we hammer it over and over again- the G8 press conference is a shining example of how this guy operates, how he represents everything about politics that Canadians increasingly despise, how he is more interested in partisan considerations than serious issues, how he simply isn't WORTHY of the job.