By Alan Mercer
This is the text of Friday’s debate (Oct. 3) in the House of Commons, Hansard for October 3, 2014, and here are some excerpts from the Prime Minister’s statement:
. . . Today, we are bringing forward a motion asking the House to confirm its confidence for a government decision to join our allies and partners, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and likely others, in launch[ing] air strikes against ISIL. . . .
. . . the resolution confirms the Government of Canada’s intention to strike ISIL and its allies.
We will strike ISIL where—and only where—Canada has the clear support of the government of the country in question.
At present, this is only true in Iraq. If it were to become the case in Syria, then we will participate in air strikes against ISIL in that country also. . . .
The debate continued Monday (Oct. 6). According to the CBC, the vote on the resolution is scheduled for Tuesday evening (Oct. 7):
ISIS mission gets aid injection as MPs debate air combat role in Iraq
Laura Payton, CBC News, www.cbc.ca, 6 October 2014
House likely to vote Tuesday eve on sending CF-18 fighters and 600 troops to battle ISIS
In addition to other concerns, my main point in yesterday’s post is that innocent people in Iraq–and probably Syria also from what the PM said in the above statement–are very likely going to die because of the planned air strikes by the Canadian government and their allies. It’s the usual routine now about solving problems (nowhere near Canada) by firing missiles and dropping bombs. I also included some links for contacting members of parliament.