I really can't believe that Paul Martin is trying to say that the soldiers-in-cities attack ad was really about how the Conservatives' plan would be an inefficient arrangement of our resources.
Here is the script of the ad, with pauses after each period:
And here is how Paul Martin explained it:
Stephen Harper actually announced he wants to increase military presence in our cities. Canadian cities. Soldiers with guns. In our cities. In Canada. We did not make this up.
The Liberal Leader said the ad was intended to explain that his party disagrees with Conservative Leader Stephen Harper's proposal to place units of 100 regular troops and 400 reservists in several major centres across Canada to respond to natural disasters and local emergencies.
"When you have a natural disaster as an example, you want to be able to move your forces very quickly and therefore have to have a critical mass and you can't spend the first two days trying to gather forces up from 20 or 30 cities across the county," Mr. Martin said at a news conference in Markham, Ont.
It's one thing to lie, but this really insults our intelligence. And it is far from the first time.
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