Canada notifying NATO that it will end its combat mission in Afghanistan in 2009. The government must make clear the wording of the motion, and confirm how it will vote.
Defence Minister Peter MacKay said Canada has the option of waiting until April 2008 before choosing whether to extend its mission in Afghanistan, despite pressure from opposition parties for an early decision.
On Monday, MacKay said Canada can wait until the NATO summit next year in Bucharest, Romania, before clarifying whether combat operations will continue past February 2009.
"There is a NATO meeting in April 2008," MacKay told reporters.
"It will be necessary to communicate a final decision before that meeting."
MacKay clearly signals there will be no formal notification, and his timing basically ensures the Liberals won't support the throne speech. MacKay's comments aren't off the cuff, they work in tandem with the sudden ramping up of the Tory machine:
The Conservatives have been told to ready themselves for a mid-October federal election, says a report.
Sources have confirmed to the Toronto Star that an election could be called three days after Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivers his minority government's throne speech on Oct. 16.
The newspaper reports that the Tories have already reserved two buses currently in use by Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory -- who is campaigning ahead of the Oct. 10 provincial election.
Two more Greyhound buses are also being prepared and "wrapped" with party logos and large photos of Harper, reports the Star.
I assume the government has decided they would rather fall on the Afghanistan question, than the environment. Probably a wise decision, since there is more divison on the Afghanistan question, than the woeful handling of the environment file. Can someone in Ottawa stroll by the Conservatives "war room" tonight, I bet the lights are on?