Not any more

No vote needed for Afghan mission extension: Harper

In Canada on November 12, 2010 at 09:31

A formal parliamentary vote is not needed to implement the extension of Canada’s Afghanistan mission, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday. Canadian troops will remain in Afghanistan in a non-combat role after 2011, helping to train and support the Afghan army, the prime minister says.Canadian troops will remain in Afghanistan in a non-combat role after 2011, helping to train and support the Afghan army, the prime minister says. (Dene Moore/Canadian Press)

Assigning a training and technical mission — as opposed to a combat mission — is within the authority of the prime minister, he told reporters during the G20 summit in Seoul.

“My position is if you’re going to put troops into combat into a war situation, I do think for the sake of legitimacy, I do think the government does require the support of Parliament,” he said. “But when we’re talking simply about technical or training missions, I think that is something the executive can do on its own.”

Harper said he is open to a debate in the House of Commons if the other parties have something to add. But he said no vote is necessary.

Harper noted that the Liberals have been in favour of extending the Afghan mission in a non-combat capacity that would see Canadian troops helping to train Afghan forces.

Canada’s combat mission in Afghanistan is scheduled to end in 2011.

via cbc.ca

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