Troops may stay in Afghanistan, MacKay hints
Tories asked to clarify combat status of troops
Yo, CBC! I repeat :
Stephen Harper at the White House, Sept 16, 2009 :
"Canada is not leaving Afghanistan; Canada will be transitioning from a predominantly military mission to a mission that will be a civilian humanitarian development mission after 2011. That transition is already in place."
Wiggle room helpfully provided by Jack Granatstein, Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute :
".. the government likely believes those Canadian trainers and the troops who provide security for development are exempt from the motion."
Is the TAPI oil pipeline from Turkmenistan to India built yet? No? Well there ya go.