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On Thursday, during a heated exchange about when Canadian troops would finally be leaving Afghanistan, Harper responded to pointed questions from NDP leader Thomas Mulcair by stating: "Unlike the NDP, we are not going to ideologically have a position regardless of circumstances," he said.
"The leader of the NDP, in 1939, did not even want to support war against Hitler."
Harper was referring to pacifist CCF leader J.S. Woodsworth, well known for voicing lonely opposition in 1939 to Canada's participation in the Second World War.
After howls from the opposition benches about Harper's misstatement, he tried to laugh it off by blurring the distinction between the NDP and CCF.
"OK, CCF, same difference," Harper said. "Parties do change their names from time to time." Harper's casual rewrite of history gave creative Twitter users all the inspiration they needed: "It is a fact that, at the time, the #ndp refused to support our troops during the War of 1812," read a typical example from the flood of tweets unleashed by the Harper-NDP flap.
Originally posted by Corruption Exposed
reply to post by Guenter
Wearing a Canadian flag while traveling overseas no longer has the effect it used to.