There’s been some follow-up by CanWest News.
“The Treasury Board says that the cost of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan for the next two years will be $1.35 billion higher than projected a year ago by the Defence Department …. Those revised estimates of the incremental costs of the Canadian Forces mission in Afghanistan are posted on the Treasury Board website …. The Treasury Board says the military mission will cost $822 million in the fiscal year 2009-10 and $943 million in 2010-11. It also estimates that the mission will cost $178 million in fiscal 2011-12, when Canadian troops are expected to pull out of combat roles in Afghanistan. It’s the first time figures for that year have been made available ….”
“The Defence Department admitted Wednesday that it was wrong to withhold the future cost of the war in Afghanistan on the basis that releasing it would violate national security …. “It was unnecessarily severed. It was a human error and we acknowledge that mistake,” military spokesman Jeremy Sales said in an interview….”
Kudos to the CF for ‘fessing up immediately about the error, thus hopefully reducing the amount of conspiracy mongering about Canada’s secret mission extension plans.