Federal Government Tables Motion For Air Strikes Against ISIL

Prime Minister Stephen Harper tabling a motion in parliament on Friday for an air strike combat mission against Islamic Militants in Iraq.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper tabling a motion in parliament Friday for a combat mission against Islamic Militants in Iraq.  It calls for six months of air strikes with no ground combat operations.  University of Lethbridge Political Scientist Geoffrey Hale tells CJOC News Canada and its allies are dealing with one of the most difficult regions in the world, and believes that a six month combat commitment is a responsible one.  Federal MP's are expected to vote on the motion on Monday.  Prime Minister Harper says the motion acknowledges that ISIL poses a "clear and direct threat" to the people of Iraq, including religious and ethnic minorities who've been subjected to violence, intimidation and murder.  The motion also affirms Canada's desire to protect vulnerable and innocent civilians in the region through urgent humanitarian assistance. - Tom Roulston with files from The Canadian Press
 
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
 
Geoffrey Hale, Political Scientist, University of Lethbridge

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