Debates in Parliament about military deployments are populist nonsense. It's entirely up to Cabinet. There's nothing stopping Harper from wearing this if he wants to.
It is written, (hehehe) that in a time of war, and the two major parties have involved us in a war,
that the cabinet can make such a decision and even extend the military role if they want to.
What really troubles me is the number of Canadians who go to the polls to vote Liberal, or
Conservative, or New Democrat, that have no idea what they could be voting for or against.
All too often people vote thinking that there has to be a vote on each major issue, that comes
up or democracy is not served. This is not so, we elect people to make decisions for us once
we have given them a mandate. It is the voters responsibility to vote for responsible policy, and
to determine who is least likely to lie once in power.
There are a lot of people who engage in electoral fantasy believing they have a vote on everything.
This is not a done deal. The opposition parties have the numbers to for a motion of no confidence on the issue. Then it would be a question of whether or not Mr. Harper would wish to have an election in which keeping troops in Afghanistan is the main issue.
I think this guy sums up the situation for me:
Why would Harper want a vote anyways? Its not like he has ANY respect for democracy. How many times has he shown contempt for democracy? He openly states he wants a majority so he doesn't have to deal with the opposition. He prorogues whenever it is convenient and suits his needs. He forces people out of their jobs when they don't toe his line.
Canada's prime minister (I would say "our" but I no longer recognize his authority) has ZERO interest in democracy. He has shown time and time again that he will do everything in his power to exert fascist control over Canadian policy.
Who voted this dictator wannabe in, again? Next time, before you mark the x next to his name in your ballot, you may want to just shoot yourself in the foot first. Might as well make it literal as well as figurative.
Will Harper get away with misleading Canadians?
CBC News - Politics - Longer Afghan mission doesn't need vote: Harper
Freedom and democracy here in Canada?
This entire supposed issue is a bunch of nonsense.Quote has been trimmed, See full post:
It is entirely the prerogative of the executive to mobilise the Canadian Forces; His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D., the Commander-in-Chief in and over Canada, commands the Canadian Forces on the advice of Her Majesty's Government for Canada. The Parliament of Canada has no involvement in relation to the Canadian Forces, other than to approve the annual budget. If Parliament does not approve of our current involvement in Afghanistan, then Parliament can reject the next budget.
No parliamentary vote is, or ever has been, required to deploy the Canadian Forces, or to extend our presence in an intervention. The Right Honourable Stephen Harper P.C., M.P. (Calgary Southwest), the Prime...
KANDAHAR - In the middle of training Afghani police officers, soldiers of the Canadian Forces today prepared to return home when the New Democrats unexpectedly voted against a routine extension. Speaking today in front of the House of Commons, Jack Layton explains, "If this Government thinks war is so important, then they'll set up the national daycare system that we're demanding! Only then will they have our votes to approve an extension."
With files from the Paradox Press.