“The government accepts the panel's specific recommendation of extending Canada's mission in Afghanistan if, and I must emphasize if, certain conditions are met,” Mr. Harper said.
The first big "if" is more of a "when", as Harper later comments:
The report, which found security in Kandahar is deteriorating despite the efforts of 2,500 members of the Canadian Forces who are stationed there, also set the purchase of medium-lift helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles as a condition for the mission's continuation.
The government has already placed its order for helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles and is working with allies to secure them quickly, said Mr. Harper.
Fingers crossed ;)
The other "if", securing those elusive NATO forces, which everyone knows are already in the mix. I'm willing to take wagers on NATO (the Americans) finding some way to come up with 1000 (quite a massive force we demand) troops. We shall overcome!
Harper endorses Manley, the sky is blue. Anything less, now that would be news.