‘If you don’t mind giving me a moment’

David Akin has the transcript of the Prime Minister’s tangential and erroneous attack.

If you don’t mind giving me a moment to address the comments of Mr. Ignatieff. The leader of the opposition suggested very recently in the last day or two, I gather, that it’s possible — I’m not sure if he’s saying it’s desirable or should happen or could happen — that there will be a group come to the fore, a group of major countries that will exclude Canada. I don’t know where he’s getting this idea. Nobody but Mr. Ignatieff in the world has suggested excluding Canada from a meeting of major countries. Nobody. It’s the first anybody has heard of it. I think it’s an irresponsible suggestion, Mr. Ignatieff is supposed to be a Canadian. I don’t think you go out and float ideas like this that are so obviously contrary to the country’s interests when no one else is advocating them. So I would suggest that he look carefully at his comments and withdraw those. Frankly they would be irresponsible coming from anybody but particularly irresponsible coming from a kean Canadian Parliamentarian.

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