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Prime Minister Stephen Harper has unveiled a new motion with a hard end date of 2011 for Canada's military mission in Afghanistan, a move aimed at bridging the gap between the Conservatives and Liberals.
OTTAWA - Conservative and Liberal senators cast doubt Wednesday that Canada will be able to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by 2011 as planned.
Kenny said that if Canadians could be shown measurable progress they would be more willing to allow their troops to stay longer in Afghanistan.
Earlier this week, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he expected western troops will be needed in his country for another 10 years.
The new mission will still contain troops, but its focus will be reconstruction. In the government's view, this new mission should be called a development mission — not a military mission — whether or not it contains troops.
Over the past two weeks there has been intense speculation about the future of the mission, initiated in part by the Defence Minister Peter MacKay.
MacKay suggested on three separate occasions over the past two weeks there might be a role for troops in Kandahar post-2011, while at the same time maintaining, "the military mission would end."
Those comments caused a minor furor in the House of Commons with angry opposition questions and blistering government retorts.
NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar on Friday asked the government to be more clear.
"We have one minister, minister MacKay, saying we're going to be there after 2011, there will be a role for the military. We have the prime minister and other ministers — minister [Lawrence] Cannon — getting up and saying, it's all over in 2011.
Canadian Forces Base Gagetown is getting a $20 million shot in the arm
The investment is taking the form of funding for infrastructure projects that include the extension of the existing Health Services Centre, the construction of a Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) III training facility and the creation of a forward operating bivouac.
Originally posted by GAOTU789
Canada won't leave. The Government, regardless of who is holding the big chair now or in the future, doesn't want to loose our first offensive combat mission in over two generations.
We are there for the long haul and frankly, that sucks.