A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Galloway's Globe Deception

Some of my esteemed colleagues here at Blogging Tories have already been keeping a watch on Gloria Galloway's partisan "news" articles in the Globe and Mail, but today's bit of deception is noteworthy enough for me to mention:


While Canadians support the troops, they do not necessarily support the war in Afghanistan. Nearly 60 per cent of people polled in October by the Strategic Counsel for The Globe and Mail and CTV said they believe the price Canada is paying terms of casualties in that conflict is too high.

Let's take a closer look at that statement:


While Canadians support the troops, they do not necessarily support the war in Afghanistan.

Now let's take a look at the statistic cited to back that claim up:


Nearly 60 per cent of people polled in October by the Strategic Counsel for The Globe and Mail and CTV said they believe the price Canada is paying terms of casualties in that conflict is too high.

Galloway hopes we won't look to closely at what that statistic actually says - because it has absolutely nothing to do with the public's support for the Afghan mission. The factoid simply says that Canadians think the price being paid is high - a claim echoed by Defense Minister Gordon O'Connor himself. Galloway is attempting to cast public discomfort over losing soldiers as public discomfort over the mission itself.

What Galloway won't admit is that as of October 30th, a survey showed a majority of Canadians stand behind the Afghan mission. When Quebec is cut out of the scenario, 6 out of 10 Canadians support the mission.

It's beyond me how Galloway is allowed to run roughshod over the truth, but there you go. Welcome to the Canadian media. Yeesh.

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