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ISIS combat role debate to get underway in the House this morning

As the battle against ISIS continues to rage in Iraq, MPs are set to begin debate on a motion in support of the government's decision to "contribute Canadian military assets to the fight ... including air strike capability, for a period of up to six months."

When first presented with the proposal last Friday, all three opposition leaders spoke out against the move, but a formal vote on the motion is not likely to take place until Tuesday at the earliest.

The full text of the motion to be put to the House today:

No. 13 -- October 3, 2014 -- The Minister of Foreign Affairs -- That this House (i) recognise that the leadership of the terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has called on its members to target Canada and Canadians at home and abroad, (ii) further recognise the clear and direct threat that ISIL poses to the people of the region, including members of vulnerable religious and ethnic minority groups who have been subjected to a sustained campaign of brutal sexual violence, murder, and barbaric intimidation by ISIL, (iii) accept that, unless confronted with strong and direct force, the threat ISIL poses to international peace and security, including to Canadian communities, will continue to grow, (iv) affirm Canada's desire, consistent with Canadian values and interests, to protect the vulnerable and innocent civilians of the region, including through urgent humanitarian assistance, (v) acknowledge the request from the Government of Iraq for military support against ISIL from members of the international community, including from the Government of Canada, (vi) further acknowledge the participation of Canada's friends and allies, including numerous countries of the Middle East, in the broad international coalition committed to the fight against ISIL, (vii) note that the United Nations Security Council has become seized of the threat posed by international terrorism with the unanimous passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2178, and, accordingly: (a) support the Government's decision to contribute Canadian military assets to the fight against ISIL, and terrorists allied with ISIL, including air strike capability for a period of up to six months; (b) note that the Government of Canada will not deploy troops in ground combat operations; and (c) continue to offer its resolute and wholehearted support to the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces who stand on guard for all of us

On the committee front:

  • Environment members resume their investigation into the management of municipal solid waste and industrial materials with an appearance by Port Hope Residents 4 Managing Responsibility spokesman Stan Belcher.
  • Hospitals and health care advocacy groups dominate the witness list for today's extended-hours pre-budget consultation session at Finance.  

Also on the Hill this morning:

Representatives from the Ottawa Riverkeeper and the Canadian Freshwater Alliance join other delegates attending Living Waters Rally 2014 for a morning press conference to mark the final day of the conference, which, according to the advisory, has brought together "more than 100 of Canada's freshwater leaders."   

Outside the precinct, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin leads the "official welcome ceremony" for newly appointed Supreme Court justice Clement Gascon.

Finally, former US Secretary of State turned possible repeat presidential candidate Hilary Clinton delivers a keynote address and takes part in a Q& A session at a Canada 2020-hosted lunch event at the Ottawa Convention Centre.

For up to the minute dispatches from the precinct and beyond, keep your eye on the Parliament Hill Ticker below -- or, alternatively, bookmark it and check back throughout the day.

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