This video from Canada is about the war & occupation protest at the Vancouver Art Gallery on November 24th, 2007.
From CTV in Canada:
“The Conservatives want a quiet month — or two — to have their campaign [for the November 14 elections] , but I don’t think anyone will say that out loud to you,” said Morton, who informally advised former Tory prime minister Brian Mulroney on military matters.
The number of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan may well surpass the psychological milestone of 100 as politicians stump door-to-door across the country this fall.
To date, 97 soldiers have died — four of them in the last week, including one Sunday. …
In what was considered a stroke of political brilliance, Harper carved an agreement with the Liberals to extend the military deployment in Kandahar until 2011. He recruited a former Liberal deputy prime minister, John Manley, and a panel of eminent Canadians to help make the case for continuing the war and reconstruction effort.
Tories confidently crowed in private that Afghanistan had been “neutralized” as a potential election issue and indeed it’s waned in terms opposition sniping and public attention since the spring.
But a few well-timed, spectacular attacks could force it back into the minds of voters without any help from politicians, Morton said.
Even though the Liberals under Paul Martin took Canada into Kandahar, Morton predicted Harper and the Conservatives could end up “wearing” the blame for the war.
It reminds some observers of the political climate leading up to Spain’s 2004 general election, when an al Qaeda-inspired cell attacked Madrid’s commuter train, killing 191 people and wounding 1,755.
The terrorist attack was largely credited with the defeat of the ruling Partido Popular party, which had taken the country into the Iraq war along side the United States the year before.
Morton said surpassing 100 casualties in Kandahar may not be exactly the same as the trauma of civilian train bombing on home soil, but the Canadian public has had a lot longer to stew about Afghanistan.
He said Canadian troops may have been ordered to keep a low profile over the next few weeks and stay out of harm’s way.
“Nobody will ever admit that to you,” Morton added.
Report [of Human Rights Watch]: US air power triples deaths of Afghan civilians.