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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Maybe when we have more troops...

A couple of days ago, I talked about the NDP's clear stand on foreign policy. Rob told me about Canadians' role in offensive operations in Afghanistan and the NDP's stand that Canadian forces must be used for peacekeeping, under UN auspices. The issue's been in the news these last two days, as the Iraqi election begins. The Liberals are giving the Conservatives grief about Harper's flip-flop on Iraq. In 2003, Harper criticized Chretien's refusal to send Canadian troops to join the so-called "coalition of the willing" in Iraq. Yesterday, Harper reversed himself, promising not to send Canadians to Iraq if elected. But as ndp.ca points out, the Liberals' position on Iraq is far from clear. Martin hasn't sent troops yet, but also won't say that he wouldn't send troops to Iraq in the future. To quote the article on ndp.ca, it boils down to "Maybe when we have more troops." One thing's for sure: Jack Layton wouldn't send Canadian troops to Iraq. And Rob wouldn't vote to send them.

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