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Wednesday, May 17, 2006 

Canada in Afghanistan: $4.1 Billion and Counting!

Figures released by the Polaris Institute show that Canadian taxpayers have spent over $4 Billion on the Afghanistan mission since 2001. As expensive as that is, it does not take into account the precious human cost of our men and women in uniform who have died during the mission.

Canadians need to ask themselves if we are getting value for our expenditure, or are we merely helping George Bush to move his troops from Afghanistan to Iraq?

Postscript: So where are our 'great defenders' at the Canadian Taxpayers Federation when you really need them!! (yeah right)!

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2006/05/17/1584398-cp.html

Well the Canadian Tax Federation would support this expendature because its about creating stability in the middle east for capital exploitation. Anyway, it's the middle class taxation that will pay this war bill. Remember, they don't mind wasting money as long as it is in their members interests. Lets see, arms manufacturers, oil guys, well you get my drift

Good point. The ENTIRE goal of the Taxpayers federation is to remove ALL taxes from ALL corporations and business. At that point, yes the middle class will carry the entire cost of all public expenditures. They are shameless in their lobby efforts - and I just looked in on their blogsite and they are defending the $4.1 Billion dollar expenditure in Afghanistan. Predictable.

Your figures are skewed, because if all the military personnel were here in Canada playing checkers in the barracks, they would still get paid. So 4.1 is not a true incremental cost, rather total cost including what would be paid in any event.

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