This week on a special edition of The House
, Evan Solomon looks at the impact and legacy of Canada's mission in Afghanistan. The final group of Canadian soldiers left the country this month. We ask if the past 12 years, the 158 Canadian lives lost, and the $12 billion spent were worth it.
Here are the full interviews we conducted for this special program.Major-General Dean Milner was
the last Canadian commander to serve in Afghanistan. He talks about the
situation that Canadians left behind, where the security situation
stands, and if it was all worth it.
Former UK Chief of Defence Staff Sir David Richards
was the commander of International Forces in southern Afghanistan when
Canadian troops first took control of Kandahar in 2006 during what was a
very difficult time. He talks about the difference Canadians made.
David Macdonald served in Afghanistan. He was seriously injured.
He talks about his experience, and what he's doing now to help his fellow soldiers.
Sheila Fynes' son, Corporal Stuart Langridge, took his own life after returning from Afghanistan. Sheila and her husband Shaun Fynes discuss
what it's like to have a child in a war zone, what the return from such
an experience is like, and what the country should do to help its
Maryam Sahar Naqibullah was an interpreter for Canadian Forces
in her native Afghanistan. She's currently studying in Ottawa. Maryam talks about how things have changed in Afghanistan, and why she's optimistic about the future.
Peter MacKay was Minister of National Defence from the summer of 2007 until last year. We ask him about whether the mission was worth it, and if he has any regrets about how it was handled.
Chris Alexander is a former Canadian ambassador to Afghanistan.
He's now the Citizenship and Immigration Minister. We discuss what
comes next now that Canadian troops have left Afghanistan. And the
challenges that Afghanistan's neighbour Pakistan presents.
We have a special In House panel this week. David Mulroney is the former Deputy Minister responsible for the Afghanistan Task Force. Mike Capstick is a retired Colonel,
he commanded the first deployment of the Canadian Forces Strategic
Advisory Team in Afghanistan and returns to Afghanistan frequently to
work on various training and development projects. And Graeme Smith is an award-winning journalist and author, who covered the war extensively and who
is still living in Kabul. We ask our panel what challenges are still
ahead for Afghanistan, if the mission in Afghanistan can be considered
'mission accomplished' and what happens after the rest of the
international forces leave.