Canada’s Mission in AFG: The Epiphany, the Tease and the Lie

What a difference seeing what’s happening at the business end of a war can make.  This from Liberal members of the committee that’s supposed to be looking into Canada’s future mission in Afghanistan, following a visit to Afghanistan:

“We have an obligation to see this thing through,” opposition Liberal MP Bob Rae said at the end of a five-day fact-finding mission to Kandahar and Kabul by the Commons Special Committee on the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan.  “The door is open to serious discussion in Canada and between Canada and NATO about what the future looks like,” he said.

And what does the PM have to say about this?  This from the Canadian Press:

“I note those words with some interest,” Harper told a news conference, in English. He later added, in French: “I took note of the statement. It’s interesting.”

Still, he said, Canada’s position hasn’t changed.

”I think we’ve been very clear,” Harper said.

“We’re working according to the parliamentary resolution that was adopted in 2008, by which Canada’s military mission will end and will transition to a civilian and development mission at the end of 2011.”

Mark over at The Torch hits the nail on the head about the last bit:

He’s not telling the truth

Remember the 2008 Parliamentary motion?  It says we’re leaving KANDAHAR, not AFGHANISTAN.

If we’re going to go, why throw in tidbits like?

“I note those words with some interest,” Harper told a news conference, in English. He later added, in French: “I took note of the statement. It’s interesting.”

If we’re staying, someone please say out loud that we’re staying.

If we’re going, someone please say out loud that we’re going.

If we’re still sorting out exactly what to do, someone please say that we’re sorting out exactly what to do.

Canadian Detainee Fracas: Useful Links

According to the Canadian Press:

The House of Commons has voted in favour of holding a judicial inquiry into the treatment of Afghan detainees, but the majority motion will likely be ignored by the governing Conservatives….

Lots of folks already commenting on it, so I’m still going to mull a bit.

Meanwhile, some links and info of interest to share.

Wording of the motion:

That, in the opinion of the House, the government should, in accordance with Part I of the Inquiries Act, call a Public Inquiry into the transfer of detainees in Canadian custody to Afghan authorities from 2001 to 2009.

Transcript of 1 Dec 09 House of debate and vote on the motion (43 pg PDF)

Part I of the Inquiries Act

House of Commons Procedure and Practice, Second Edition, 2009, “Moving a Motion”

MOTION ADOPTED BY THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
MARCH 13, 2008