Another day, another example of Liberal hypocrisy, this time as Prime Minister Trudeau defends his government’s decision to hold only one media briefing on fighting ISIS in Iraq since he changed the mission earlier this year.
Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose raised the issue in the House of Commons and Trudeau blew it off as protecting Canadian troops and their security over a communications exercise.
Funny, that wasn’t Trudeau’s position when he was in opposition. Back then, he called on Prime Minister Harper to lay out his whole plan to Parliament ahead of a vote on expanding the mission.
Opposition Trudeau wanted openness and transparency, in fact he campaigned on those issues non-stop during last year’s elections, but he’s been anything but open and transparent since.
We’ve gone from regular briefings when the Conservatives were in charge to one since Trudeau changed the mission.
Meanwhile we’re finding out on social media and from our American allies that Canadian troops on the ground to train Kurdish and Iraqi forces, are actually on the front line in the fight to retake Mosul, but Trudeau won’t say.
He claims security, and I completely get what the military calls OPSEC, Operational Security, meaning you don’t talk about things that can get your troops killed. But that doesn’t mean you refuse to say anything.
There is a way to keep the public informed and the troops safe. Does anyone else remember the regular updates from American General Stormin’ Norman Schwarzkopf who provided regular briefings on coalition movements in the Gulf war to push Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait.
It can and should be done while keeping our troops safe. My guess is Trudeau knows parts of this mission, or perhaps all of it, are unpopular with his left wing base so he wants to keep it out of sight and out of mind.
He doesn’t want the regular beat of news stories that could hurt him with left wing voters.
But Trudeau called for Harper to be open and was part of a party that called in Parliament for the release of top secret documents dealing with Taliban prisoners in Afghanistan during that war.
Despite his utter hypocrisy he cannot call for one thing in opposition and do another in government.
Trudeau should do the right thing and let the Canadian people know what our troops are doing in our name.