Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Hillier blasts Liberals while Harper meets with the RCMP's Zaccardelli.

A high-ranking Liberal fumed that the photo opportunity "raises a lot of questions" about the relationship between Harper — whose party had criticized the RCMP for dragging its feet in investigations involving the Liberals — and the senior leadership of the national police force.

"I'm sure (the RCMP) wants to get off on the right foot with the new administration but there is a line that shouldn't be crossed by either side between open partisanship and neutrality ... and we're getting very close to that line," said the official, who declined to be named.

Wasn't that brave of him?

Hillier spoke glowingly of Harper and the Conservative platform that calls for an additional 13,000 troops.

"I love that kind of talk," he said, vowing to add the new soldiers "as quickly as we could have the money to go out and get them.

"We'll turn the Canadian Forces ... inside out in order to do so," Hillier said.

Asked why the military has been so slow to add the 8,000 troops promised by the Liberals, Hillier had a blunt reply — the government has yet to give him the money to make good on the pledge.

Kate: "But when did we start caring what the Star thinks?"