First, we need a brief historical refresher:
'Consensus' needed to extend Afghan mission: PM
Last Updated: Friday, June 22, 2007 | 2:25 PM ET
The Conservative government will not extend Canada's combat mission in Afghanistan beyond February 2009 without a consensus in Parliament, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday.
"I will want to see some degree of consensus among Canadians on how we move forward on that," Harper told reporters Friday in Ottawa.
And I think we all know how that "consensus" thing worked out:
Tories seek to extend Afghan mission to 2011 in confidence motion
Last Updated: Friday, February 8, 2008 | 1:18 PM NT
The Conservative government confirmed Friday it will introduce a confidence motion to extend Canada's combat role in Afghanistan past February 2009, a move that could trigger a federal election.
"We believe the mission in Afghanistan should continue. It is why the motion seeking to continue the military mission will be a matter of confidence," government House leader Peter Van Loan said Friday.
Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, well ... let's let Blogging Tory Raphael Alexander take it from there:
I watched Peter Van Loan give his press conference on CBC Newsworld today, and when asked by a reporter whether the government supports an "open-ended" mission, he replied that talks with Mr.Stephane Dion specifically pointed to a definitive extension of two years. This means that any rhetoric involving an "open-ended" mission should cease, as the government is using a definitive date of February 2011 for the new withdrawal [or reassessment].
And when the Stephen Harper Party of Canada makes a promise, you can take that baby to the bank, right, Raph? Raph?