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E.R. Campbell said:But: it does not necessarily follow that either the MND or the PMO would have been informed - for any number of good and valid reasons, including the fact that the information had been lodged with staffs. It's called passing the buck and generals do it just as well as civil servants.
I would be surprised if someone as savvy as Gen. Hillier took this kind of information to the PMO, which is a very political place. To do so, and to be found out,
could be construedwould be evidence of the CDS being politically partisan. Hillier ought to have been way to smart to do that.
In light of this, it would be nice to see more than what the Globe & Mail had this morning - the headline says this:
and the article says this:PMO told of Afghan jail conditions, Hillier writes
I look forward to reading the book (or hear from others who have) about if he indeed, as the headline says, spoke to PMO directly. It IS a political place, but since, like DMs, he's appointed by the PM, it doesn't sound entirely outside the realm of possibility.Mr. Hillier writes, the federal government was kept fully informed of the military's handling of prisoners, which contradicts statements from the Prime Minister's Office.
In early 2008, a spokeswoman for Mr. Harper "had told the media that the Canadian Forces - me, specifically - had not informed the Prime Minister that we had stopped the transfer of detainees from Canadian to Afghan custody," Mr. Hillier says in his book.
In fact, they had been kept fully informed, he stated. "We had made sure everyone knew that we were stopping those transfers - it was a sensitive issue, after all.
"... so there I was, [on vacation] working on my second rum and Coke, being blamed for something that simply wasn't true. I shut off my BlackBerry and had a third drink."
Agreed...E.R. Campbell said:I anticipate yet another Liberal demand for yet another public inquiry; I doubt much will happen because I think the ongoing MPPCC probe will be shackled and new ones will be avoided; I also expect that Hillier, Colvin and many others will be called to testify by one or more HoC Committees. I also expect much heat and little light. Advice to ministers is protected - even from parliamentary committees.