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article imageOttawa: Liberals Will Unveil Afghanistan Amendment

By Bob Ewing     Feb 12, 2008 in Politics
It is likely that Stephane Dion, the leader of the federal Liberal party, will put forward an amendment to the government's confidence motion on the presence of Canadian troops in Afghanistan, calling for troop withdrawal by February.
It is anticipated that today, Canada's federal Liberals will announce an amendment to the government's motion on the mission to Afghanistan.
The federal government put a confidence motions before the House last week and the motion calls for Canadian troops to stay in Afghanistan, in a combat role, until 2011.
The Liberals' amendment is most likely to call for Canada's combat role to end as scheduled by February 2009.
The CTV report says that Liberals amendment may address areas that they feel have been neglected by the Government such as a greater focus on diplomacy, development and support, as opposed to combat.
"Our position is that in 2011 the mission is over," Liberal Leader Stephane Dion said.
"And we need to make that clear otherwise NATO and the government of Afghanistan will assume . . . that Canada is setting for a never-ending mission."
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