It seems the Conservatives really are serious about the environment: they're even recycling their own reports!
In case you haven't caught this one already, The Scott Ross has done an extraordinary job uncovering an article John Manley wrote for 'Policy Options' last October - before he was asked to head the Independent Panel on Afghanistan.
As it turns out, not only are the observations and conclusions in the 'Manley Report' virtually unchanged from those of the earlier article, there are actually entire paragraphs duplicated verbatim:
On page 4 of the Manley Report it states:Whenever we asked Afghans what they thought ISAF or Canada should do, there was never any hesitation: “We want you to stay; we need you to stay.” Without the presence of the international security forces, they said, chaos would surely ensue.
Now compare that to what John Manley wrote three months ago, on page 12 in Policy Options:Whenever we asked Afghans what they thought ISAF or Canada should do, they did not hesitate to say that we must stay. Without the presence of the international forces, chaos would surely ensue.
This plagiarism not only leaves me wondering why Manley would do this, but also wondering did the Panel ever ask Afghans what they thought ISAF or Canada should do? Or was that just something John Manley had done for his Journal article, and re-wrote almost word for word for the Report?
Kinda like taking a history essay you wrote in Grade 9 and handing it in again in Grade 10.
I'm not even going to get into all the many, many ways this is wrong - I'll just going to point you in the direction of The Scott Ross and Dave at the Beaver and let them explain it all for you.
Good work, gentlemen. Carry on.
Meanwhile, I've sent a Blog Alert to Garth Turner. Let's see if he bites, or if this is just going to pass unnoticed by the pols, the public and the MSM.