Monday, March 05, 2012

"The military is to serve the Canadian public, not the Minister."

If there is one IMPORTANT story that is largely being ignored- as we sift through the robocall scandal and all its tentacles- it is the revelation that Peter MacKay employed the Canadian military to find DIRT on a political rival. The very idea is simply obscene, while current military officials are fluffing off this controversy, those with some perspective appreciate the very dangerous prospect of our military picking sides politically, using their resources to provide partisan cover:
The Canadian Forces is defending its decision to use officers to collect information on one of Defence Minister Peter MacKay's political opponents, saying the process is no different than its efforts to gather facts for the public and news media.

But former military officers say such activities, which prompted allegations about Canadian Forces personnel "digging up dirt" on the minister's political enemies, cross the line and jeopardize the longstanding political neutrality of the military...

Simms said he was taken aback by the efforts of the military officer in MacKay's office to collect information on him. "The fact that this military officer is using military resources to back up Peter MacKay is incredibly disturbing," he added.

First, I believe our military has better things to do than opposition research on our dime, that is way out of bounds. More importantly, if people begin to perceive our military as an "ally" of the Conservative Party, it effectively undermines the notion of neutrality, which in turn can erode the perceptions of Canadians, as to how they see their military. There is simply no reasonable excuse for military personnel looking into dirt on a Liberal MP to protect Peter MacKay, that very much crosses a line, despite the reassurances.

Everyone is a partisan in Harper's Ottawa, or at the very least, no institution isn't a potential tool to be exploited for self interest. Disturbing is right and these revelations deserve serious attention.

6 comments:

Purple library guy said...

It's pretty stupid of the military, too. Someone else is going to win an election sometime. So what are the military brass gonna do then? If they're perceived as a partisan extension of the Conservatives, they'll be left with two basic choices: be fired en masse or stage a coup.

CuJoYYC said...

"… robocall scandal and all its tenticles- …"

Or tentacles.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tentacle

Other than that. I agree and I'm sharing your post far and wide.

Steve V said...

Oops! I'm the king :)

Way Way Up said...

I know a lot of military personnel and it really pisses me off to see their hard work and sacrifices politicized. I really wish politicians off all stripes would stop using our beloved military to score cheap political points.

Marpman said...

McKay is probably thrilled that the Robocall issue is dominating the news right now...he is flying under the radar.

Jerry Prager said...

When a party begins to create a fascist state it absorbs the military and the state police. Welcome to Harper's Canada, unrecognizable.