Matthew Good astutely observes that the Howard-Harper plagiarism affair is about much more than just plagiarism:
The speech that Mr. Harper gave in 2003 was one in which he urged this country to join the ‘coalition of the willing’, and thus involve us in the US led invasion of Iraq. One therefore has to ask several fundamental questions.
1) Were the Prime Minister to gain a majority, would there be a reversal of policy regarding Iraq, even if such an alteration did not promise the inclusion of Canadian combat assistance?
2) Does the Prime Minister still hold to the belief that Canada should have supported the invasion of Iraq?
3) Given what has occurred since, would he have supported Canadian involvement in the occupation of that country?
These are fundamental questions that I feel are highly relevant.