Iraq mission extension should have been a free vote

Party politics eclipsed well-considered debate.

PMO Photo: Jason Ransom
Prime Minister Stephen Harper votes March 30 on the government's motion in the House of Commons to extend the Iraq military mission to Syria.
George Petrolekas
Published: Wednesday, 04/01/2015 12:00 am EDT

The debate on the Iraq mission extension and expansion shaped up to be an exercise in pre-electoral posturing. While merits and demerits of the mission entered into the dialogue, they were eclipsed by efforts to stake out electoral ground.

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