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Peter Mansbridge, CBC: "When you look at other countries - the U.S., Britain, the Dutch who are facing a big vote, parliamentary delegations go [to Afghanistan]a lot. Why have you personally not gone to Afghanistan?" Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion: "I will do my best to go, Peter, but in all fairness, you cannot dispute that I did a lot since I am a leader in order to travel everywhere in Canada. But I understand that..." [interrupted]br/> Peter Mansbridge, CBC: "This is the issue that you say is crucial and you want the government to take a particular stand, and yet you haven't been there?" Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion: "I will do my best to go there." Peter Mansbridge, CBC: "All right, we'll leave it at that." The Next Day: Viewer Response Torsten Eide, Edmonton: "Your question to Mr. Dion about why he has not actually visited Afghanistan, while he touts the issue as the weapon he intends to use to bring down the government, amounted to a public spanking. We can only hope that Liberal Party members will awaken to the fact that their 'leader' is in name only." [ Video: The Complete Interview]br/> Photo: Liberal Leader Stephane Dion (L) and Liberal candidate for the Montreal riding of Outremont, Jocelyn Coulon, address supporters at Coulon's riding office in Montreal, September 15, 2007. Quebec voters will go to the polls in three federal by-elections on September 17. Shaun Best/Reuters

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