Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Geez, Peter...

Babble on.

Saying "nobody pays attention to me" doesn't win you any friends in primary school, and it certainly doesn't win you any friends in international politics.

Canada is not getting enough recognition or appreciation for the work it is doing in Afghanistan, something Peter MacKay says he hopes to remedy.

As the new Foreign Affairs Minister leaves on his first trip overseas, he plans to push for kudos from Britain, NATO and European Union allies, some of whom have soldiers operating under Canadian command in Afghanistan.

"Our role ... is one that we should be very, very proud of and I know that it's sometimes appreciated, but it's not often expressed in a way that Canadians here at home and in the larger global community recognize just how significant that contribution has been," he said in an interview with CanWest News Service this week.

"I hope to reiterate this during my time in England that Canada's role be recognized and that there be value expressed ... for the increased role that we are playing."

Are we actively cultivating a 'high maintenance' reputation here?

Babble off.


At 10:21 a.m., Blogger Dark Blue Tory said...

Mr. MacKay looks like a deer caught in headlights when he's interviewed by the media. He'll improve over time.

At 3:19 p.m., Blogger Paul Kimball said...

I doubt it. It's not like he's new to politics. The man has been doing it for years, and he's always looked like a deer in the headlights.

Or perhaps a porcupine.

You don't have to be a genius to know that whining publicly about not getting enough credit for something is just going to make you look like... well, a whiner.

Paul Kimball

At 5:04 p.m., Blogger The Tiger said...

I have not been very impressed by Mackay in his position. Not impressed at all.

At 8:37 a.m., Blogger ETL said...

Mr McKay is correct; for many years, Canadian accomplishements internationally were not acknowledged if they involved the military, or a Canadian officer ran operations on behalf of a less competent commander from a PC nation.
I think his point is that Canada will "toot it's own horn" when possible, and not allow other nations to take credit for our accomplishments.

At 6:05 p.m., Blogger The Manager said...

Peter McKay is probably still a little touchy over last year's Belinda business. This leads to silly public statements and a tendency to speak before allow the brain to proofread.

Canada will get the credit and respect it deserves in the military/international arena when it achieves better military capacity. Bottom line is, the credit business starts at home. It's only been a month since the election, and prior to this, not even the Canadian government gave the military its due. (Well, duh, they were Liberals, after all. - Ed.)

MacKay might not be great, and might be a whiner, but he's a lot better than the sludge he replaced.


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