Jun 04 2010

Time to Show Some Leadership, PM Harper

Published by at 11:28 pm under Afghanistan,Canada,Canadian Forces,politics

The Afghans want it. Our allies want it, too. The Liberals are asking for it. Most of all, Canadians need it. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, are you finally ready to publicly discuss a role for Canada in Afghanistan after 2011?

The latest:

Liberal foreign affairs critic and Afghanistan committee member Bob Rae says the MPs’ comments were “a little hyped up.” He’s leaving it up to the government to create a plan for post-2011, but says there eventually must be a debate in Parliament.

“I don’t think we can keep on pretending that these discussions don’t need to take place,” Rae said.

The committee heard a number of ideas about the role Canada could play, including training Afghan security forces, Rae said.

Canada’s parliament did not vote to end our involvement in Afghanistan at the end of 2011. They voted to end our battle group’s role in Kandahar. PM Harper, there is no contradiction with the “will of parliament” in discussing a renewed role for Canada in Afghanistan. Let’s remain engaged just as momentum finally seems to be going our way.

More at the Torch: CF in Afstan post-2011? PM still “the biggest stumbling block”

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5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Time to Show Some Leadership, PM Harper”

  1. Rob Con 05 Jun 2010 at 3:58 am

    More opposition bullshit along the same lines as the stimulus payout. Force PMSH to give them what they want and then bitch about the amount of the deficit. Why would the power hungry lieberals stop being hypocrites now?? The dippers and separatists are nothing more than useful idiots to the lieberals.

  2. Roy Eappenon 05 Jun 2010 at 4:01 am

    Jonathan, if rae and his crew hadn’t spent the last year maligning our soldiers and concentrating on the detainee non scandal, I suspect more could have been accomplished on our post 2011 role. I agree with you that the blood of our children, must not have been spilled in vain. Every one of those Canadian soldiers believed he or she was fighting for freedom.We must continue helping the Afghan people.Perhaps now even the grits are ready for an adult conversation.

  3. Calgary Junkieon 05 Jun 2010 at 6:52 am

    Ummm, have you been watching the shenanigans within the Afghan Committee ? The special committee that was CREATED by Parliament in 2008 to “make frequent recommendations on the conduct and progress of our efforts in Afghanistan”. And do lots of other stuff, which the Committee has done NONE OF.

    I know you know that this committee has been obsessed with the Afghan detainee issue, to the exclusion of just about everything else. But did you also know that Laurie Hawn has been regulary asking for a vote within the committee to move AWAY from the detainee thing, and get back to what the Committee was created to do ? And Laurie’s motions, of course, have always been voted down, or ignored.

    And so, how was PM Harper supposed to deal with this disfunctionality, obstruction, delay, cowardice and gamesmanship ???

  4. Durwardon 05 Jun 2010 at 8:55 am

    Which allies would that be? The USA whose usurper President(?) already announced a pull out date before the surge even began?
    The British who cause more grief being there than if they were not there?
    Who exactly are our Allies now?
    The American Ayatollah Obama or the united jihad apologists of England?
    Get us out!

  5. real conservativeon 05 Jun 2010 at 9:50 am

    Does Quebec want a role there after next year is the better question.

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