Debate on Afghanistan was the opening topic, with Kenney giving the government POV, and Chow extending her sympathy to families of fallen soldiers but maintaining that debate must continue and an exit strategy should be discussed.
Then it was Karen Redman's turn: She too supported the debate, and wanted to extend her condolences to the families of those who lost their lives, "but more important than that" she said, we should be looking beyond the war phase of the initiative.
Say what? Hopefully she was referring to the debate as being less important, but it was such a dismissive reference to those heros. What could possibly be more important to those families than the fact that their loved one just lost his or her life fighting for democracy? I can only imagine how a family member would feel watching her prattle on with her dizzying platitudes, all the while downplaying the significance of this sacrifice.
Environment: Jane Taber asked Ms. Redman about her government's poor record on greenhouse gas emissions. Karen defended her party by saying that the Liberals brought in the "Greenest Budget". Mmm.. That's right, Karen. Let's not confuse the issue with facts.
She said the 'One Ton Challenge' was a local success story! Reality check: Manure doesn't count.
Childcare: Stephen Harper should be listening to "experts" in the field, who promote national daycare. Jason Kenney shot her down by reminding everyone that his government feels the best experts are 'Mom' and 'Dad', not tax-funded special interest groups.
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Most important, whenever you hear Karen Redman say that people in her riding feel this way or that, please remember that she is asking her buddies and assistants for their opinions.
She knows better than to ask me.