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Prime Minister Stephen Harper visits the Afghanistan front line in 2007

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Stephen Harper, on a brief visit with Canada’s troops in Kandahar, made a two-hour stop at Ma’sum Ghar.  The stopover at the forward operating base brought Harper closer than any other serving Canadian prime minister to active fighting.  He spent the remainder of the trip at Kandahar air field, engaging in a ball-hockey tournament, and speaking to the troops about their work there. 

Broadcast Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: May 23, 2007
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Paul Hunter
Guests: Stephen Harper, Corporal Edward Chipman, Brigadier-General Tim Grant
Duration: 3:07

Did You know?


• In this clip the Prime Minister is heard telling the Canadian troops that their work is far from done, indicating that the planned Feb. 2009 withdrawal date is not likely.  In fact, March 12, 2014, a flag ceremony in Kabul marked the formal withdrawal of Canadian troops from Afghanistan.  


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