According to the Generalissimo, Canadians don't need to have their Parliament approve the use, allocation, and designation of military forces on foreign soil - Harper and the PMO can do that all by themselves!
At least he was nice enough to offer to debate it (not that it'd apparently make a difference), though only if the Opposition has "something to add." What?
I'm not against keeping a training and policing force over in Afghanistan, to be honest. 1,000 is a bit much to me, but hey, I'm not a general and I don't know the roles needed to be filled, and how many folks you need to fill them. I trust our men and women in uniform will take to this task as brilliantly as they do everything else.
But, I mean, to not even discuss this in Parliament right off the bat seems like an idiotic move on the PM's part. Did he just wake up one day and declare democracy's dead, fuck Parliament, we're doing it my way? Hm...
This is essentially executive authorization of military force in spite of parliamentary decisions to the contrary. I don't remember reading anywhere in that 2007 motion about how Harper is allowed to choose to keep soldiers over there all by himself, in any sort of capacity. It goes, pullout by 2011, discuss rump force left behind for training and policing purposes in Parliament, like we do with every other single decision. I mean, seriously people, this is either laziness or stupidity. I'm not sure which is worse anymore.