Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin said on Sunday that Ottawa is willing to send Canadians to Iraq to help train Iraqi election workers but, we will
not send in our military to war torn Iraq. As of today there has been no official requests from Iraq. Mr. Martin said; “we can move very quick if we
are asked we’ve done this before.” Mr. Martin claimed he wants to build a Canadian military that would have a peacekeeping presence in all the
hot-spots of the world. Martin went on further to suggest Canadians would serve in Sudan. The Canadian Government announced in August that it would
boost troops by 5,000 to 65,000 over the next several years in a desire for a top peace keeping force. In regards to sending troops to Iraq Mr. Martin
said; we are just spread to thin. We just don’t have the troops but on the other hand we are training Iraqi police and spent over $300-million and are
one of the major donors to Iraq.
Canada will help monitor Iraq vote, PM says
By JANE TABER
From Monday's Globe and Mail
Ottawa — Prime Minister Paul Martin offered Sunday to send civilian Canadians to help train Iraqi election workers but said the military would stay
out of the war-torn country
This [election] is an area in which Canada has a great deal of expertise . . . and we're prepared to offer it," Mr. Martin told CNN's Wolf
So far there's been no official request for Canadian help in organizing the election, scheduled for Jan. 30.
But Mr. Martin said Ottawa has "indicated that if we're asked, we will participate. And we can move very quickly once we're asked; we've done this
Mr. Martin wants to build a Canadian military that would have a peacekeeping presence in all of the world's hot spots but not in Iraq, he said.
"Iraq is very, very important, but so is Afghanistan. The President made that very clear. So are other hot spots. Canada intends to play a role where
it can play a significant one," he said.
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This sounds all very noble but we don’t have the facilities to house and train anymore troops, or so Vice-Admiral Ron Buck has to say, I think Prim
Minister Martin is talking through his hat trying to grand stand and look like he’s doing something.
See the link below to read Vice-Admiral Buck's comments
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Military can't handle new troops, vice-admiral
[edit on 6/12/2004 by Sauron]