Monday, November 15, 2010 | Categories: Episodes
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he wants to extend Canada's military presence in Afghanistan past 2011, but only in "non-combat training roles." We look at the wisdom and the impact of that decision. And we ask if the Prime Minister is right when he says the decision does not require Parliamentary approval.
It's Monday, November 15th.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he does not require Parliament's approval to extend Canada's military mission in Afghanistan.
Currently, So, Canada will continue to train Afghan soldiers ... and in return, Hamid Karzai will continue to train Stephen Harper.
This is The Current.
This week, Stephen Harper spoke about his decision to keep Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan.
The new policy would keep as many as one third of the Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan past 2011 - the Prime Minister says to train Afghan soldiers and police, not to fight. Prime Minister Harper also says that his decision to extend the mission does not require Parliament's approval. So for now at least, it looks like a done deal.
Bud Walsh spent six months training soldiers in Afghanistan. He's a reservist with the Canadian Forces. And he joined us for the show.
Anna Maria also brought two other perspectives in on this story. Scott Taylor is a former professional soldier, and the editor and publisher of the military magazine Esprit de Corps. He was in Ottawa.
Janine Krieber is an adjunct professor at the Royal Military College in St. Jean Quebec, where she teaches military strategy. She was in Montreal.