Of course, it's all in the book, but I thought it might be germane to provide the relevant portion of the interview transcript here.
We landed there on New Year’s Day, and the tsunami happened Boxing Day. So we were in theatre in less than a week. Obviously we were in the capital city.
One of the problems with the DART, and I don’t want to get into the political aspects, is that the way that DART works is it has to be invited in by the country. So if the country doesn’t know what the Canadian DART is all about they don’t know to ask for it. So you have to educate the government and say, this is what we can provide you. And they go, oh, how do we get that. You have to talk to our high commissioner who has to talk to our government to say, the Government of Sri Lanka has officially requested that DART be deployed. Okay, we’ll do that right away.
They get on with that kind of thing. We weren’t convincing them that we should go, we were telling them this is what we can do, if you ask for it. So a lot of people think that we only tell the government of Sri Lanka that it’s important for Canada that we deploy DART, so we want to convince you to send our people. That’s not how it works at all. Third World countries aren’t up on the disaster abilities of First World countries. So then we did operate fairly quickly and efficiently after that.
It just so happens that after it was looked at because a lot of the senior government people were on leave, on Christmas leave during that time. So trying to get a hold of them and keep them in the loop about what’s going on can be sometimes difficult. So we were in there pretty quickly.
Fortunately [note 1] argued that we needed to sent the whole team in there, in case they wanted to deploy the DART, they don’t want to wait for more people to come, they want to be able to launch them right away. And fortunately they were all there, the government of Canada said yes, commit to DART.
So that's how it looked to a career soldier under the troop-hatin', DART-messin'-up Liberal government.
[note 1] - the name referenced here was not understood by the transcriber, so I'm not sure who it refers to -- the PM, CDS, Foreign Affairs minister (Lloyd Graham?), or someone else. I only have the raw transcripts at hand and not the actual audio files. If anyone cares I'll find them and update this.