Gates Wants Canucks to Stay

Published: Wednesday, 12/17/2008 12:00 am EST

U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates hinted last week that Canada should maintain a military presence in Afghanistan past 2011, the Globe and Mail reported. He said, during a visit to Kandahar, an extended Canadian commitment in Afghanistan would be appreciated. But Canadian officials stated once again Canadian military forces would draw down as planned, the Toronto Star reported. Defence Minister Peter MacKay spokesperson Dan Dugas wrote in an email, "The minister and the government have been very clear that Parliament has decided that our mission there ends in 2011."

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