The above linked article is about a debate in Winnipeg between the 11 Liberal candidates for the party leadership. The extension of Canada's commitment to Afghanistan was a hot topic.
Ignatieff and Brison were the only two in favour. Ignatieff said he voted that way because one of our soldiers died the same day and he had to support our soldiers who were putting their lives on the line.
Brison supported the extension because he was concerned about what would be said in the New York newspapers.
I really hope this is just bad reporting. Otherwise, those are two pathetically lame excuses.
It is possible to have a real debate about the war, and there are valid arguments for either side. These two arguments are shamefully irrelevant and shallow.