As it is becoming obvious to anyone watching and reading, the Canadian government’s reaction to the crisis in Lebanon has left something to be desired. So slow was the government in moving that before Sunday, the only official announcement was a travel advisory issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs. This would be of help to those planning trips, but would do nothing for the tens of thousands of Canadians that the government knew were trapped in Lebanon.
And the reason for the painfully slow response? It appears that the good Prime Minister has all decisions coming from Ottawa and that the PMO’s “communications” director Sandra Buckler put a lid on all information about the situation.
The Conservative Party of Canada – giving a whole new meaning to the word “communications”. I can see the campaign billboards now.
PS – Does anyone else think that this is beginning to look like Stephen Harper’s Hurricane Katrina? I mean, he’s even flying in to Cyprus with a little press crew and his wife for some CYA “rescue” photo ops now that the damage is done.