CanWest news reported today that Foreign Affairs Minister Peter McKay has rejected a debate in the House of Commons concerning our changing role in Afgainistan. When asked what length of time our commitment might be, McKay said, "As for the length of time that we will be there, that is an open question". McKay was further quoted as saying,"we are going to rely heavily on the information we receive from (Chief of Defense Staff) General Hillier and others who are overseeing this mission." The article goes on to say, 'Hillier, as well as other Canadian and NATO generals have said the West needs to be prepared for a decade long commitment to rebuild Afganistan'.
Are we being told that the length of the mission is up to the Generals? Are we being told that we are going to be there for 10 years?
If an issue EVER needed a full debate in the House of Commons, this is it!