Canada to extend Libya mission by three months

Harper to formally announce extension at NATO meeting next week


Canada will extend its involvement in NATO’s Libya mission by three months, CTV reports. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to formally announce the decision next week at a NATO meeting in New York. Canadian warplanes joined the bombing effort earlier this year to protect civilians from forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. Now the former rebels control much of the country, but pockets of loyalist resistance remain. Gadhafi’s whereabouts are also unknown. Abubaker Karmos, a Libyan dignitary to Canada, told CTV that his country still needs the protection of Canadian forces. He also suggested that Canadian companies could be rewarded with construction contracts as Libya begins rebuilding after its civil war. On Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced that Canada will reopen its embassy in Tripoli. He also said more than $2 billion in frozen Libyan assets will be released so that the new Libyan government can restore electricity, water and hospital service to people in the country.

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Canada to extend Libya mission by three months

  1. Gosh, there’s a surprise.

    Harper must be so proud.  The new leader has promised to run Libya by Sharia law, so we’ve really done a lot to advance the country eh?

  2. All politicians should vote a strong “NO” on extending our military activities in Libya. By far the majority of Canadians feel that we should not be meddling in the internal affairs of that sovereign nation. 

    We are being presumptuous and arrogant to think that we have the right to determine who are “the good guys” that should be in power in that sovereign nation. This civil war is simply none of our business. We Canadians would not allow foreign interference to achieve political change in our country. If change is to happen in Libya it will have to come from within. Let that process run its course without interference. Surely we have learned something from our experience in Afghanistan!

    We are not a “super power”. With our limited financial resources our emphasis should be on homeland security. In that regard the threat to our way of life comes in an economic form. We need to counter the economic threat to our Arctic, protect our coastal fisheries, deal with internal unrest, root out terrorist cells, and, first and foremost, keep our country financially viable.

    Once again, to all politicians, please come out strongly against any further extension of our involvement in Libya.

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