In a recent happening, the Conservatives offered additional aid for the battle against IS militants on Monday. Foreign Affairs Minister of the UK, John Baird, has pledged to provide a support of $10 million for treatment and services to Iraqi and Syrian refugees who have been victims of the war. Moreover, Baird also made an announcement regarding the joint UK Canada mission for assessment of Iraqi victims and what can be done to provide them solace in the present times.
The NDP leader, Tom Mulcair on the other hand has taken active steps to the Iraqi motion of the government. The biggest amendment in the NDP is to block the Canadian troops from attacking any part of Iraq. In addition, it has also prevented the transportation of weapons for three months but requires permission from the House before extending the mission.
Although, the Conservatives argued that it was impossible to curtail the IS militants without attacking the members, the NDP argued for humanitarian aid and the Liberals argued on the absence of a detailed plan as to what will happen and what still needs to be done.
According to latest reports, Baird has been calling upon the Members of the Parliament to treat the issues seriously, but also made some remarks about the standings of the Liberal Party.
“My Canada protects the vulnerable. It challenges the aggressor. My Canada doesn’t leave all the heavy lifting to others,” Baird said. “There was a time when the Liberal Party believed in that.”
On the other hand Marc Garneu, foreign Affairs critic, has said that there is not much room for Canadian forces to join the combat mission against IS in Iraq. “The prime minister is taking us across the Rubicon by deciding on a combat mission,” Garneau said. “Once a country makes that decision, there is no turning back the clock…. It is no simple matter to cross back over, and we all know this conflict is likely to last a long time.”
According to multiple sources, up until last Friday the contributions of the Canadian forces included six CF 18 jets, two Aurora Surveillance planes and one heavy lift plane. The Canadian troop will contain 600 personnel, and the mission will continue over Iraq, unless the Canadian troops have access to Syrian grounds to bomb IS territory. However, the Canadian deployment will be limited to a period of six months only.