Thursday, May 18, 2006

Good

"PM's Afghan mission motion squeaks through."

That's "Good" as in, it just squeaked through, 149-145. If the world is watching, as Mr. Harper suggested during the debate, they got a message all right. 2 opposition parties said NO. Harper has 125 seats so he pulled just 20 votes to support this surprise vote. That's not resounding support at all, despite the spin.
The Afghan mission is scheduled to end in February, 2007. The extension would take Canada's commitment through to early 2009.
We'll see...support for this mission is falling and we may have a new Prime Minister at some point prior to that time. Or at least an election where this is guaranteed to become a front and center issue...