Harper sending troops to Iraq

Harper attends NATO Summit

The Harper government is sending troops to Iraq.

As reported in today’s media, several dozen Canadian soldiers, and possibly many more, will be sent to Iraq to advise that country’s military forces in fighting Islamic fighters.

Rideau Institute calls move “reckless”

On national media last night, the Rideau Institute’s Peggy Mason told Global National that,

Without a comprehensive strategy it is a reckless step, and it is a step that I don’t believe that Canadians want.

The deployment will place Canadian troops directly on the front lines. The Canadians will join U.S. troops in the northern part of Iraq to provide advice to Iraqi and Kurdish forces battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIL.

The deployment is for 30 days, but will likely be extended. Canada’s contribution could be further increased once a strategy with its allies has been worked out.

Should Canada send troops to Iraq? Leave a comment

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136 Responses to “Harper sending troops to Iraq”

  1. Nicole BakerSeptember 17, 2014 at 12:09 pm #


  2. Bonnie DenhaanSeptember 9, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

    Would this troop action be like our previous highly respected Peacekeeping role? Likely not in this situation . Maybe “advisory” and “organizational” assistance to the Peshmerga Kurd forces would be helpful for them. They do not appear to need much training in combat under the conditions they are familiar with in that geographic region! The “cause” is just, but it will probably be another embroilment with no real positive outcome – only more Canadian lives lost, and not much real help for the people on the ground – again. Real and definite time limited Canadian input, possibly. Clarity of the parameters of our involvement and open public information as to Canadian activities are absolutely a prerequisite to any action.

  3. ROLF LOTHSeptember 9, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

    Here we are again, sending our military offshore where we have no business, other than supporting our warmonger “friends”. We have a huge border to monitor and defend from the US border to the North Pole. Since the war with the USA of 1812, Canada has not been attacked by anybody, so why do our politicians believe we should meddle in the affairs of other nations. WW I and WW II maimed and killed thousands of Canadians and solved none of the world’s problems. Libya and Afghanistan cost us tens of billions of Dollars that could have been used to raise the Standard of Living for many Canadians living below the poverty line.
    If we want to change the course our politicians take, we have to change our voting habits at the next election and boot these traitors out of office – and that includes the three major parties !

  4. AmandaSeptember 9, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

    No. No no no no no no.


  5. Lynne GrillmairSeptember 9, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    The ethnic conflicts around the world we are witnessing cannot be effectively dealt with by throwing in our military to add to the chaos, confusion and bias. There really is no such thing as ” peace keeping” and our energies would be better served by raising the standard of living and education with disparate peoples.

  6. margsviewSeptember 8, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

    What can we do about the rhetoric of unsubstantiated support of US lies and ‘regime changes’ that now have turned into inciting ‘false flag’ events to bully Russia? To what end? For months the US has been doing the same in the China Sea. These tactics are now being done with Canada’s frigate HMS Toronto wallowing around for the first time in the Black Sea, because Obama (of lies to bring chaos to Libya, Iraq, Syria and soon Iran) is flaunting Russia for a misstep. Naturally Russia scrambled a fighter and a surveillance plane to check and let the manoeuvring mass know to be careful.
    Even more disturbing was and is the lock-step bias utterances of Evan Solomon (‘Russia ‘snatched’ the Crimean) and Peter Mansbridge’s statement that (Russia ‘targeted’ the Canadian frigate). Its like CBC News doesn’t care if their bias is laid out before the Canadian viewers as long as the ‘cold war rhetoric is picked up. If as Evan stated, that these war games were planned months ago then maybe the ‘producers’ whispering into his ear know something else maybe in the wind (from Ottawa). Not one question was asked of anyone, just more condemnation of Russia. So far the fact that the US orchestrated a coup of the Kiev government or that all the conflict has been limited to the Eastern part of the Ukraine, remain ignored during nightly discussions. As well the hot-button issue of the MH17 crash has suddenly become a silent issue. The only thing I can entertain is that Harper has ordered our participation because he knows the 2015 election is lost unless he could come up with a big enough bang of event, and this may be it. Any insights on these or other takes would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and take care.


    Margaret Beresford

    • dimitriSeptember 12, 2014 at 8:12 pm #

      Margaret, I agree with you 100%.

      It boggles the mind how people can’t figure out the contrived news info they’re being fed. How is it that the CBC, who is threatened with budget cuts, shows such enthusiastic support for the Harper government? Something is not right here. It may be another case of a hidden agenda. The CBC has become a sound box for the armed forces, the Harper gov, the tar sands, the USA, NATO, and other questionable news currents. They always add a smattering of objectivity to look like they’re being non-partisan, but they soon go back to the same old.

      And this black tarring of Russia is dubious. We know who the real aggressors are, and they’re all in the west.

  7. P. MearnsSeptember 8, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

    Mr Harper is so intoxicated with being a WORLD LEADER…that he actually believes he is, – and he is becoming a laughing stock to the world. His subordinates in cabinet are sounding equally unintelligent, and pompous.

    God help our Canada with such leadership.

    P. Mearns

  8. Anne Woodworth BassingthwaiteSeptember 8, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    No we should not be sending any soldiers to Iraq.Mr Harper says it will be a non combat role. Will Canadians hold him to his words if the troops are sent? Are troops being sent to justify military spending? Can we believe any thing our government and mainstream media is telling us about war from a distance? Why do these wars keep being brewed up in Iraq and surrounding areas? Where are all of the weapons coming from? Who is doing the training of armies like ISIS? I suggest that our own governments are arming and training them and we are letting them loose to terrorize the innocent. It is the innocent who suffer. How many have been murdered by the military industrial complex in Iraq over the past several decades? Millions is quite likely. Frankly I am tired of resisting these Wars for Profit by the Elite. I feel afraid almost all of the time as war creeps closer. I do not consent to what my Canadian government is doing. I do not consent to what the Queen of England or the Crown is doing. I do not consent to what the world elite including Saudi Arabia and the 7 veils are doing.I do not consent to what the American and European Governments are doing. I resist. Many resist. What if we do not resist? If there is no resistance does the ‘circuit’ blow up? When will the rich ever have enough wealth and power? Why do they torment all of us? No to sending Canadian soldiers and No to War. Evolve. Peace!

  9. Matthew TimmsSeptember 8, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    Too many of us chase after each symptom of bad governance that crops up, and not enough of us are chopping at the root of the problem of serial election fraud.

    We need to loudly denounce this illegal and illegitimate government to anyone who will listen, and insist that the illegal measures implemented by this fraudulent government be cast down when they are removed from power.

    Any politician who refuses to do this is complicit in the serial election frauds of 2006, 2008, and 2011.

    Please share, I am one voice, and easily silenced, easily censored.

    Cons convicted of election fraud in 2006, with over $200k paid in fines, but not a single day of jail time for this major crime.

    Cons convicted of election fraud in 2008, with Dean Del Maestro charged, and Peter Penashue “doing the honourable thing” and resigning in the face of clear violations and reports of illegality.

    Election fraud confirmed in 2011, with foreign newspapers calling the election “a sham” and “rigged”; CIMS database confirmed the source of the data used to perpetrate the fraud, which is encrypted, password-locked, access-logged, and access is restricted to high-ranking Cons only.

    “Computer records show campaign volunteer John White downloaded the lists of opposition supporters that may have been used to make the call. White told investigators in 2012 he could not recall why he downloaded them.” from the National Post’s article, “Former campaign worker granted immunity after he gives evidence in ‘Pierre Poutine’ robocalls case.”

    The guilty have been rewarded, enabled, empowered, and allowed to run amuck since at least 2006. We require a severe and thorough audit of government, and Harper’s allies in the private sector must be uncovered and punished.


    Jail, repeal, severe audit.

  10. susan langSeptember 8, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    You really WANT a war don’t you Stephen?
    You see big money to be made in it.
    You just don’t want to ‘clean up’ after.
    You know, all those wounded veterans pointing out that now they’re wounded, and how they almost expect (why do they believe they’re entitled? just because we sent them over there) to whatever it costs to heal them?
    Those noisy foreigners talking about how many of them are dead since we declared war and invaded them.
    Heck even Canadians are objecting!
    WHY do little people complain so much after you’ve decided what’s best for everyone?……
    Looking forward to next election…..

  11. Ron StocktonSeptember 8, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    Canada should not be sending troops to Iraq. Western interventions over the last century+ have gotten the middle east to where it is today and further incursions and illegal invasions will only make it worse.

    If we think ISIL is “barbaric” as John Baird is fond of labeling them, what is when the most heavily armed country in the world, the country that has invaded more countries than any other country, sends drones to massacre hundreds (perhaps thousands) to non-combatants including children? If we want to end barbarism perhaps we should be sending troops against the USA.

  12. Frederic SmithSeptember 8, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    This fool is beyond delusional. A two-bit George Bush.

  13. sandrastephensonSeptember 8, 2014 at 7:23 am #

    @ “John Humble”: If there is a need to go in to protect people from ISIS (still unclear just what that is, or why it is our business to oversee its functioning, even if they are violent), why is the UN not sending forces? How does Harper get to decide what is right on the international level without using the international tool created by people who had to live through the last world war? NATO is not the UN, and a “coalition” of 10 other countries, regardless of who they are and what their past behaviour, have no international license to send troops. We are not international police. There are some countries people should not travel in when things are hot.

    And, at the root of the thing, how do we justify arms sales to anyone, especially countries at war or unrest, and countries (that’s all of them) which cannot guarantee that the weapons will only be used in extremis, and will be kept out of the hands of criminals?

  14. Ed & Jan JangSeptember 7, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    No Canada should not be sending troops to Iraq. We were far better off when we were peace keeping

  15. John W. FosterSeptember 7, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

    We continue to intervene in ignorance. Didn’t NATO’s destructive role in Libya teach us anything.
    John W. Foster (Dr.)

  16. Claudia BiermanSeptember 7, 2014 at 7:33 pm #


  17. Cheryl TardifSeptember 7, 2014 at 7:15 pm #

    NO! Why does such a powerful U.S. military need Canadians as advisors? If Harper goes ahead with his plan, maybe it will mean a more certain defeat for him come election time. (I’m hoping.)

  18. safanaSeptember 7, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

    you cannot beat an ideology with guns. Noam Chomsky said this famously a decade ago and he’s still right today. If you kill isis in irak its only gonna pop up somewhere else. Diplomacy and an arms embargo to Saudi Arabia are the actual solutions in mind

  19. margot izardSeptember 7, 2014 at 5:24 pm #


    First, Canadian special forces have little or nothing to “advise” the Peshmerga on. Probably most might as well be in Acapulco. They may even be tasked with subverting the Kurdish leadership for some next step…

    Last I heard, the Peshmerga now include admirable members of the PKK from Turkey, who Canadian Forces are probably taught to treat as “terrorists”, according to the official list, which does not include ISIS by the way.

    Further, the hypocrisy of “advice”, on defeating NATO’s little helpers in Libya and the useful enemies of Assad’s secular government, is boggling.

    Someone has to do a poster of Prince Charles doing the sword dance recently with the wily and powerful decapitators in Saudi Arabia, with maybe that famous little shot of Bandar looking like a bunny on Bush’s couch. Bandar Bush, people said, not realizing how much he was running the game.

    Bandar’s royal brother or cousin was put in charge of training camps, arms, money, for thugs to kill in Syria. ISIS then and now.

    Also claiming to be really different socks in the same washtub, are Bahrain, Quatar, Turkey, US, Britain, and let’s skip on to Canada. For a pithy romp through the details, see

    Canada’s Love Affair with Monarchy — Any Monarchy
    By Yves Engler
    Dissident Voice
    April 11th, 2013Yves Engler

    A taste:
    Rather than challenge Saudi policy, the Tories have deepened military, business and diplomatic ties with the House of Saud. At least seven Conservative ministers have visited the country, including four in the past year. As a result of one of the visits, the RCMP will train Saudi Arabia’s police in “investigative techniques”. Most ominously, in 2011 the Conservatives approved arms export licenses worth a whopping $4 billion to Saudi Arabia.”

    Canada also recently spent over 5 million allegedly helping Syrian opposition get their message out, or something, ask Bev Oda, who may have thought they could use some orange juice money. By accident or design this largesse may have reached ISIS, too. Or al Nusra, not on the terrorist list either.

    I can’t forget the US treatment of Kurdish people and their aspirations to their rightful Kurdistan. Henry Kissinger quotes stand out, but do not justify the betrayals. “Covert action should not be confused with missionary work.” and “Promise them anything, give them what they get, and f… them if they can’t take a joke.” 1975, 40 years ago.

    The “joke” now is that Kurdish tankers are not being allowed to land in the US. Reuters, 3 days ago.

    “An oil tanker off the coast of Texas loaded with $100 million of disputed Iraqi Kurdish crude” ….
    “As a tussle over the cargo between Baghdad and the Kurds enters its third month,…” etc.

    So the change in Iraqi leadership, mostly about the SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement), and the Kurdish oil that can’t land yet, yet, at least in the US, strongly suggest Canadian special forces would not be there to stop ISIS beheading any more journalists or kidnapping herds of women who belong to religious minorities earlier described as Christian.

    I do still dream of a rightful, united Kurdistan, with corrected boundaries. I fear this current situation may prove yet another western betrayal.

  20. Maureen ElwoodSeptember 7, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

    NO.. We need to assist with solutions to conflict, not add to it!

  21. Roland TrenamanSeptember 7, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

    I am old enough to remember the virulent and poisonous disease which engulfed America during the mid ’50 called “Mc Carthyism. We are again engulfed with this
    poisonous environment, only now “in spades{” involving the US, Canada and Western Europe. We need leadership dedicated to first, telling the truth,, and also trying to find solutions through dialogue.

  22. Phil ViaudSeptember 7, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    Canada should give support but not troops to combat ISIS.

  23. Alvin A. LeeSeptember 7, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    If I thought troops and military means would contain jihadism and the extreme Sunni versions of Islam that are pervading so much of the Middle East and Africa, I would applaud Canadian and other troops being mobilized to try and stop them. But it seems obvious to me that the way to fight a virulent ideology is with education and social change, beginning with diplomacy and open conversation. This is a huge and awesome task, perhaps too huge to be done in the foreseeable future, but let’s not make it more difficult by counting on the same kinds of brute actions–military power and attack–that the hate-dominated jihadist warriors do and avoid the real challenges. It is massively clear that the US move into Iraq in 2003 has greatly worsened the political situation there and throughout the region, and has, among other things, strengthened jihadism. Harper, of course, would have enthusiastically had Canada a full partner in the Iraq War boondoggle. Now, years later, he thinks he’s getting his chance. It was a massive failure then and it will be again, and I suspect that the majority of Canadians know this. Let’s stop him.

  24. Ray SunstrumSeptember 7, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    Yes, I think he should.

    The Conservative members of Parliament should all be sent off to Iraq immediately, with Stephen Harper clearly visible, on the front line. What a photo-op that would make.

    That should do the trick. And, then the Canadian army wouldn’t have to go to war to improve his rating in the polls. And, it would make his government assume fully responsible for the choices they are making.

    There would be a lot less wars if leaders really were leaders when they choose war.

    • Patricia SkySeptember 8, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

      Love this comment! Anyone have an idea how to make it happen?

  25. Evelyn TischerSeptember 7, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    Canada should definitively NOT send troops to Iraq. This is how another unending war and escalating violence would start.

    I know it’s hard, but it’s time we humans learn to solve our problems with talking instead of hitting….

  26. Linda HunterSeptember 7, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    absolutely not!

  27. Jon HumbleSeptember 7, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    There have been numerous requests for military help from ordinary Kurds and Iraqis who are in immediate exposure to the horror that is ISIS. This is a totally different situation to post 911 when Chretien quite rightly saw no justification for sending troops to Iraq.
    Also this is a broad coalition alliance with 10 different countries , none of which, apart from the US, were willing to participate in the previous war in Iraq. ISIS make the Taliban and Al-Qaida look like lightweights and I think it would be a huge mistake not to help those in need in this situation. The troops being sent are a limited amount of special forces advisors that have the experience and knowledge necessary to coordinate air to ground operations, and there are no plans to send troops en masse. If ISIS is not stopped they will perpetuate more and more disgusting violations of human rights to unheard of proportions. I am not a Tory or a Harper fan and have no sympathy for the use of unnecessary force but I really think Isis needs to be curtailed to the point of no threat and this objective will not be achieved by Kurds and Iraqis without competent military help. Peggy Mason also did not elaborate on why she thought this was a reckless idea other than to say that if there is not a comprehensive plan in place. Unless she does have a comprehensive plan in mind that she considers would be more suitable to the situation, surely her statement lacks any credibility. If she does have an idea what we should do or not do in this situation , I would like to know what that would be. Let us get things in perspective here – ISIS is so bad that even Iran is willing to coordinate with the US to halt their advance. If members your family had been raped tortured and sold into slavery and they were coming for you would you ask for help?

  28. Percy HartSeptember 7, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    Harpo lacks “the moral authority” (from us) to justify sending our troops into harms way! Harpo is helping certain factions south of here stir a pot in the middle east, another one in the Ukraine! Those are our boys he is stirring with! Expect casualties!

  29. Rolland MillerSeptember 7, 2014 at 11:29 am #

    Well said J Matheson.

  30. Rolland MillerSeptember 7, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    Previous Canadian Governments were opposed to Intervention in Iraq. The Brutal bombing and occupation of Iraq was a Criminal Act, and Canada should not become part of It.

  31. J.G. MathesonSeptember 7, 2014 at 11:20 am #

    The recent beheadings of Americans in Arab countries is no because of a sudden resentment of American foreign policy but a combination of years of Yankee imperialist aggression across the globe. Central and South America, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Libya and all the Arab world. The U.S,A. is the most hated country in the whole world. To the point that it is not safe for an American in any country on Earth. The Prime Moron of Canada, Steve Harper is taking Canadians down the same path of insanity. Soon the Islamic world will bring its revenge to the American homeland. Canada unless it changes its foreign police soon will suffer the same fate. Thanks Harper , Baird and friends for putting us on the World stage.

  32. Martha JacksonSeptember 7, 2014 at 11:07 am #


  33. Doug DeeksSeptember 7, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    Only way troops should be going is with Harper front & centre, with a bullseye painted on his torso!!!!

  34. Karen NystromSeptember 7, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    Under no circumstances should Canada be sending troops/advisors/military anything, to Iraq!

  35. Giuliana BiancoSeptember 7, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    We immigrated to Canada because it was a peaceful country. Now it seems to be backing up the aggressive behaviour of the USA. Please let us keep Canada involved not in warfare, but in peaceful negotiations.

  36. renee olsonSeptember 7, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    haven’t we learned yet that western interference in the mid-east is not a solution? i feel somewhat torn since it was the west (u.s.a.-british) that started this mess yet i don’t see how we can do anything but worsen the situation. if harper is concerned about moral responsibility and the resulting need for action, he might do well to attend to any number of situations arising here, at home, not the least of which are our environmental practices and missing/murdered aboriginal women.

  37. peggy lathwellSeptember 7, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    no way

  38. Phyllis ReeveSeptember 7, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    No one should send troops to Iraq.

  39. Richard TarnoffSeptember 7, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    Sending military advisers is a euphemism for going to war and should require a national dialogue and vote in parliament.

  40. margsviewSeptember 7, 2014 at 8:52 am #

    There has never been any need for outside militaries to come to the defense of Canada. On the contrary Canada has over the last century contributed and sent military contingencies as part of its global responsibilities to aid in the defense during both World Wars and other lesser international conflicts. Canada is best suited through experience and economically to support the international community in a peacekeeping capacity only. Any other more grand scenarios are strictly the personal imaginings of particular political leaders whom wish to experience a romanticized reputation which is beyond the scope of their mandate.

  41. Cheryl TardifSeptember 7, 2014 at 8:52 am #


  42. DouglasMeggisonSeptember 7, 2014 at 8:46 am #

    This is a horrible decision. The Global newscast you included — first third is about war preparations– says there will be about 100 sent to Iraq and this will include some of our ‘licence to kill’ assassins operating behind the scenes; that is, Canada’s elite and mostly secret special forces… Gwynne Dyer’s new book makes clear that the world has re-entered the great power system of alliances via an emboldened NATO. This could lead to world war… since the only body capable of achieving world peace is the United Nations, effectively shunned by the Harper regime and the others.

  43. Ruth ZengerSeptember 7, 2014 at 8:40 am #

    No troops to Iraq! We have done too much meddling there over the years and have brought about much of the present conflict. There is no easy fix. We need to patiently learn and negotiate. No troops !!!

  44. Sandra CurrieSeptember 7, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    The USA caused the mess so it’s their responsibility. We rightfully did not, and should not get involved. I don’t know if the US has a solution, but they bloody well better find one. Their illegal and immoral invasion was a Cheney, Wolfowitz, Perle plan from back in the Reagan days. They just needed something that would shock the US into compliance – and along came 9/11.

  45. jerrymaharSeptember 7, 2014 at 7:58 am #

    no troops do not send any one let them fight their own wars it will not make any difference they always fighting one nother they are always fighting becauseof different religion for hundred sof years sending troops will not make any different so harper learn from history they will fight for a nother hundred years and it will still the same NO TROOPS TO ANY COUNTRY LOOK AFTER OUR OWN FIRST

  46. Nancy WigenSeptember 7, 2014 at 4:01 am #

    Harper, as a member of the opposition, supported Bush when the USA invaded Iraq. Canada rightly opposed and refused to be involved with that invasion but wasn’t able to prevent it. Since then there has been a continuing increase in Islamic fundamentalism, terrorism, violence and de-stabilization of countries of the Middle East, with tragic results. It has resulted in millions of people killed or displaced and millions of refugees. It has also bred hatred. This is the price of oil, the price of greed, the price of lies. There were no weapons of mass destruction.
    That invasion is the root cause for the emergence of ISIS.
    Violence caused it, how can we expect violence to solve it? A solution? I wish I knew.

  47. Dianne O'BrienSeptember 7, 2014 at 3:09 am #

    This will result in the needless death of Canadian soldiers. Send Harper to Iraq and keep our troops out of Iraq.

  48. JeanSeptember 7, 2014 at 2:34 am #

    NO, NO, NO, send Harper and the rest of his criminal Con mob.

  49. Marilyn McClellandSeptember 7, 2014 at 2:33 am #

    Sending Canadian soldiers into a danger zone where we don’t belong could result in more deaths of our young men. It is all very well for Mr. H to sit back and instigate war and danger to others; just another unthinking, foolish, selfish act on his part! He is in no danger apart from not being re-elected. Canadian’s don’t want this and he is supposed to be working for and representing the wishes of Canadians. Nothing he has done represents anything Canadians want or need and we will all suffer because of his obstinate blindness.

  50. ScottSeptember 7, 2014 at 2:20 am #

    Hell, No!

  51. Alex McEachernSeptember 7, 2014 at 12:07 am #

    If Canada could join with a United Nations peacekeeping effort to protect the ” so called devil worshipers” and the Kirds from ISIS I would not object.

  52. Lisbeth ClarkSeptember 6, 2014 at 11:39 pm #

    I think he is, as usual, using his ego rather than his brains. Unless he and Obama are willing to completely obliterate ISIS and everyone associated with it, it is monstrous waste of Canadian lives and money.

    Just going on and blasting a few outposts is not going to do any good at all. On the contrary, it will make them more belligerent. If even one radical is left alive, they will return. No matter how long it takes.

    These people want nothing less than complete world domination and adherence to their brand of Islam and Sharia law. The only way to rid the world of their insanity is by a total purge.

    That is something I never thought I would say. To completely destroy a segment of humanity. But I have a hard time thinking of them as anything other than rabid animals whose infection must be burned out.

    Please understand that what they are doing has nothing to do with the actual religion of Islam. Islam is a beautiful religion.. Or at least it started out well. :-(. As soon as someone decides that theirs is the one true way it is the beginning do abuse and death.

  53. James B. ShepardSeptember 6, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

    The Conservative government of Steven Harper is incompetent to determine military matters and has demonstrated subservience to interests other than those of our country, namely the money making ventures of the American arms and war supply industries, specifically those of Lockheed Martin especially. The incompetence of the Harper government in military matters is well demonstrated, once again, by their putting our soldiers in harm’s way without support in Iraq. They will be vulnerable and have no chance of really affecting peace because far too few in number. The decision is political and our soldiers will pay the price in lives lost and our country will pay the price in money wasted and military means further degraded. We Canadians deserve to have a new government which will have Canada as its priority and Canadians as its constituency. In the Harper Conservatives we now have neither.

  54. Jacob RempelSeptember 6, 2014 at 10:50 pm #

    How else can Canada help to defend the Canada/US Regime and their merged corporate interests ?

  55. Ursula O UlrichSeptember 6, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

    No way, but then Harper wanted to join Bush’s “Shock & Awe”, too!
    Now he seems to bend over backwards to please the arms industry as well as global petro resource exploiters.

  56. B VivianSeptember 6, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

    Surprise…Harper wants to kill Canadians …if he wants to lead, then let him lead from the front lines~!!

  57. lucie mayerSeptember 6, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

    Should Canada send troops to Iraq?

    We didn’t the first time, nor the second. Let’s make sure we stay away!

  58. Don GloverSeptember 6, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

    Harper is a dangerous corporate goon.

  59. mary aitkenSeptember 6, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    In 3 words: no, no and no.

  60. Jeff BergSeptember 6, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    Yes definitely. On one condition. They are led on the battlefield by Harper. Preferably by both Harper and Baird but I’d settle for just Harper.

  61. AspySeptember 6, 2014 at 7:26 pm #

    What did you expect!
    He’s just a lap dog of you know who!

  62. Joan NathansonSeptember 6, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    I am strongly opposed to Canada sending military personnel to Iraq. My husband and I have just been listening to historical accounts of the way in which military action deprived Europe of both personnel and economic resources in the 1800s. We know what it did in the 20th century. When will we ever learn?

  63. Wedad Issawi-HaddadSeptember 6, 2014 at 6:40 pm #


  64. Dale AndrewsSeptember 6, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    I do not think our soldiers should be sent to Iraq. Harper is just trying to do what Chretien didn’t want to do. It will be the door to mission creep and soon we will have 100s in Iraq.

  65. Maria HeynenSeptember 6, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    Stay out of Iraq. Washington and many Western countries have done enough damage in the Middle East. Any more interference will make things much worse.
    Reaching out to give aid to the suffering citizens is the only thing -in my view- we can do.
    Keep out the Mlitary Industry!!

  66. winn rajsicSeptember 6, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

    No Canada shouldn’t send troops to Iraq . Why should we put our soldiers in harm’s way to stoke someone’s ego. It’s so obvious Harper is nothing but a puppet with U.S. and the whole military complex industry pulling the strings. Follow the money.

  67. Kim DiPalmaSeptember 6, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

    Put harper and his buddies on the front line with the troops then I would agree

  68. Jan JohnstonSeptember 6, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    In 2013 the Prime Minister of Great Britain was blocked from executing a military deployment when the British government, in a vote, indicated there was no support for British action against Syria. Canadians have not had the luxury of a vote in any of the wars that Harper has decided to support. In a democratic country, the people should be allowed to have a voice, and their representatives should be allowed to deliver their message. Unfortunately we live in an oligarchy … Mr. Harper cares not one whit whether or not he has our support. More civilian lives will be lost and at the end of the day this course of action will never bring peace to the region.

  69. Susan SchellenbergSeptember 6, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

    In terms of Harpers’ Iraq venture and the potential for this tour of duty to expose our Canadian troops to the constant dangers, brutal atrocities, sleeplessness and excessive heat conditions that are known to cause soldiers to suffer varying degrees of Post Traumatic Stress, how can we as Canadians allow these youths to; a) take part in trying to make sense of the US’s immoral Iraq war non-sense, b) ask these same troops to return as veterans to Canada’s well documented derelict neglect of its current veterans. George Bush reduced US Veteran health benefits prior to his Iraq war. Harper appears to have done the same. I enclose a video of Reform Psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin testifying on psychiatric drugs before the Veterans’ Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 24, 2010. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBJfZtB_3cc.
    To allow this treatment of veterans to exist in both countries marks a dark and shameful time in our history.

  70. Janet VickersSeptember 6, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    Only if you want to sacrifice young, idealistic, men and women for the sake of the military industrial complex, or because you have this notion that your power increases with the number of soldiers ready to give up their lives on the battlefield. Or because you are nervous that patriarchy is threatened by well functioning civil societies and that the ethical caring aspects of human nature could break apart the divisions that keep the masses believing they are powerless. Or because you are convinced that power is a zero sum game you must keep winning by intimidation and fear.

  71. Toba BryantSeptember 6, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    Absolutely not! ISIS, Al Kaeda, etc. do not pose a threat to Canada. They will if we send troops. Canada should stay out of this dispute. Has Canada learned nothing from Sept. 11, 2001 and other attacks on the U.S.? Let’s not try to outdo the US which routinely intervenes inappropriately.

  72. Jovo GruborSeptember 6, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

    NO, at all! But he has no choice in the matter due to fact that USA contribution to NATO is almost 80% so when Mr. Husein B. Obama orders we have to pay. No matter how-in $$ or lost life. So much for Canadians freedom in deciding about their destiny.

  73. Elizabeth BlockSeptember 6, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    Expensive, misguided, dangerous, but not surprising. Our prime minister likes war and weapons; jails, prisons, and punishments — and oil and gas. Nothing else.

  74. marie chidleySeptember 6, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

    Rewind to 2003- Harper wanted to go to Iraq, now he sees his opportunity! No Canadians troops to Iraq.

  75. Douglas JackSeptember 6, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    Canada has a huge CONFLICT of INTEREST, being the # 1 oil guzzler per capita in the world in sending troops to Iraq. We’re not impartial but are trying to protect what we consider ‘our’ resources which happen to be under their soil. Starting with Canadian Uranium we have been supplying the US military & Nuclear programs, we’re responsible for the US employment of Enhanced Uranium missile coated shell tips, which has caused massive contamination across Iraq & a flood of Iraqi cancers & immune system malfunction.

    Canada is also part of a select circle of military-equipment suppliers to Mujahideen – Al-CIAda – ISIS terrorists as long as they were fighting US, NATO & Israeli geo-political wars as part of western war-oligarchs “Oded Yinon Plan”. Israeli Mossad design to destabilize elected & other governments in Iraq, Syria & other Muslim countries for their goal of a Greater-Israel. 40% of Canada’s export economy is tied to war, arms, munitions & security making us # 2 in the world per capita. On top of this Canadian extractive mineral, lumber & raw materials are a # 1 supplier worldwide to war industry. Canada’s corporations have huge paramilitary forces designed to protect our foreign country holdings from interference of local populations when we are destroying their water, land & air in our extraction. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/relational-economy/7-canada-1-war-mongeror

    So much emphasis on Canada’s role as observers is placed upon military capacities & confrontation, which is part of the design of the western New World Order for world control in their resource extraction & people exploitation. NWO oligarchs, submissive actors (lackeys) & populations raised in a 2-dimensional TV & now computer screen landscape, think in terms of violent confrontation employing Western establishment institutions & military to carry out their shallow fantasies.
    Mohandas Gandhi, “I can imagine a fully armed man to be at heart a coward. Possession of arms implies an element of fear, if not cowardice. But true non-violence is an impossibility without the possession of unadulterated fearlessness.”

    ‘Jock-heads’ fighting against non-existent Weapons-of-Mass-Destruction in Iraq under George W. Bush are among Canada’s western Finance-Media-Military-Industrial-Legislative-Complex MIC clients. Considering Barack Obama choice not to acknowledge US war-crimes under GW Bush means that we have carried these crimes forward in our continuing foreign policy. Our present violent foreign affairs policy is one of intellectual cowards willing to impose violent fantasy upon depersonalized others while afraid to speak & expose our own involvement, feelings & thought. Canada is continuing in this colonial tradition with boots on the ground. The USA & Britain’s role with Canada’s full MIC involvement in Iraq & Afghanistan caused 5.6 Million War-related Deaths, Dr Gideon Polya. http://www.countercurrents.org/polya101011.htm in Afghanistan & Iraq. Such levels of foreign government interference in A & I’s internal affairs is far more brutal than anything ISIS ever imagined & has led to the level of violence we are now experiencing.

    Canada as an ongoing colonial nation is contributing to US, NATO & Israel destabilization of over 80 nations worldwide, yet are we afraid to meet our perceived enemies in formal public published Both-Sided, Equal-time, Recorded & Published ‘debate’ (French ‘de’=’undo’ + ‘bate’=’the-fight’)? A positive role, which Canada can play in the world today is to convene parties in published debate. Beyond private negotiations there is an equal need for parties having gone through intimate exchanges to also provide their own stakeholders & the general public with a public published debate or dialectic (‘both-sided’) treatment of the issues by representatives of each side. Debate helps participants explore human-relation alternatives for Iraq, Syria, the region & worldwide. By debate I mean formal sessions whereby both sides sit down in a recorded & published equal-time session. ‘Both-Sides-Now’ is an easy debate routine, which participants can use with or without mediators. There is never a need for violence or war when individuals & collective entities are given the opportunity to publicly dialogue & make public commitments to peaceful strategies. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/structure/both-sides-now-equal-time-recorded-dialogues

    Human mind, as an information system, builds its knowledge base, worldview & decision-making framework upon contrasting & comparing: facts, events, history, data, sequence, integrity, logics etc. There are processes by which stakeholder groups are identified & encouraged to debate among themselves in order to choose spokespeople to represent them in debates with other stakeholders & authorities. Corporate Mainstream Media attempts to control population through its a total information blackout vacuum, but average people know depth is missing even as they enlist. Alternative Media also engages information monologues trying to give alternative points of view, but misses out on the opportunity to present both sides together, where some tangible scheduled commitments, undertakings & strategies can be made. A successful public dialectic requires media to participate in the publishing of debates. If MSM can’t overcome its prejudice, it is essential for social electronic media to publish dialogues. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/structure/1-both-sides-now-article

    ‘DIALECTIC’ (‘Both-Sided’) Over 100s of years oligarchs have strategically sewn up control of Financial-institutions, MSMedia, Military, Industry & Legislature. Activists & alternative media in the west using debate processes can defuse our own violent colonial society as well as building working collaboration for a healthy ecological-economy. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/relational-economy/8-economic-democracy

    SWADESHI (Hindi ‘self-sufficiency’)
    India decided upon Swadeshi to defuse British Empire control in India, when Mohandas Gandhi came back from S. Africa in 1919. Swadeshi or proactive economic self-reliance Procott of Indian capacities has a couple of pillars one being ‘Satyagraha’ (Hindi ‘truth-search’) based in hosting dialogues between various Indian groups. Gandhi would ask the question, “What are your best intentions & how can we help you fulfill these?” Swadeshi is the economic force which liberated India by 1949 represented by the spinning wheel upon the nation’s flag. Satyagraha is the human force which created unity of purpose. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/structure/2-satyagraha

    In order to give up its colonial ‘exogenous’ (L ‘other-generated’) exploitation, Canada needs to rediscover its diverse holistic ‘indigenous’ practices understood worldwide as the indigenous Circle-of-Life. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/home/indigenous-circle-of-life

  76. Lynn FosterSeptember 6, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    Canada and the rest of the world should do everything we can to support the Kurdistan Regional Government. IS or ISIS or ISIL or Islamic Caliphate whatever the permutations are are not your regular enemy. They stop at nothing–they slaughter people–men, women, children–just because they do not believe in the same (so-called) god as they do. I did not capitalize god because I do not share the same belief that they do. They are merciless and must be stopped before they spread their poison further.

  77. Marie LloydSeptember 6, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

    The USA invaded Iraq on the basis of its having Weapons of Mass Destruction. Of course, though Iraq harboured none, they arrived in waves from the USA itself.
    And Iraq was laid waste. That war criminal par excellence, the USA, shrugged and moved on to further international war crimes, further alienating huge swaths of the areas they droned and devastated. Now our own brutal variant of the Republican Party, Harper’s Con Party, wants to spend Canadian tax money on more murders from air, ground and/or sea. How about hospitals, job creation and projects of social merit instead of the slaughterous games this PM finds so worthy?

    • Philip De RosaSeptember 6, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

      Well said Marie. Constant wars, which is what the military industry profits from and thrives on, and Human accelerated Climate-Change will do us in if we don’t act quickly to stop these madmen ‘leading’ us.

  78. Christian HeSeptember 6, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    Send Harper to Iraq. One way.

    The guy is humiliating Canada by his obedience to the Washington gang, once again.
    As if the US needs military help…it’s about ‘the alliance of the willing’ image for the US.
    Canada helps the propaganda machine of the US gov. Why do we allow a psychopathic moron to ruin the country?

  79. PhilipDe RosaSeptember 6, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    No. When will we ever learn. The world is tired of these never ending wars caused by the US military/industrial complex and supported by the Harper government. Every day of their lives my granddaughters have woken up to wars with all the hundreds of thousands of lives lost plus all the destruction. Humans are the only species that are intent on killing each other whether for rubber in Vietnam or for oil and nature’s other resources in the Middle East, Africa, or Latin America. The solution to this insanity is to eliminate poverty in these countries and not by war.

  80. allan w masseySeptember 6, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

    one word only that is a big NO

  81. Cal McKerralSeptember 6, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

    Thin edge of the wedge (again). Expensive, misguided anddangerous.

  82. Cal McKerralSeptember 6, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

    Thin edge of the wedge (again). Expensive, misguided and dangerous.

  83. Karen SmithSeptember 6, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    I absolutely disagree with sending troups! We should have a referendum to see if Canadian citizens want this? I really doubt that we want to be in another war! Keep our young people home or peace keeping as we used to do!

  84. Arlene McGinnSeptember 6, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    we have to secure Our Oil that they have hidden under Their sand

    • George DalySeptember 6, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

      Well said, 🙂

  85. Barb FleurySeptember 6, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

    NO !!!!! We should NOT get involved in any war or act of war.
    All wars are bankster wars. Follow the money.

  86. Sharon BurnsSeptember 6, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    I say STOP THE INSANITY! of sending others to do your dirty work. “Leaders” who want armed westerners in Iraq, should lead the way to the front lines … be the first to go. Wishful thinking I know, but god help us get rid of these western war mongers.

  87. melva marcotteSeptember 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    It’s a real tough call – although, someone has to step in – I feel we trusted him enough to put him in a place of Power & Decision making – so, Pray to God her is doing the right thing – Ultimately – all our lives are all at stake

  88. George DalySeptember 6, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    Hell no!
    Harper just wants a War so we will forget his corrupt governments deeds.
    The blood of out brave will wash away their sins.

  89. Judy ForsythSeptember 6, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    No! When will our “leaders” realize that confrontation is a not an effective approach, it only exacerbates problems, and that whenever they “intervene” militarily, situations become much worse? Harper’s tough posturing is shameful.

  90. William BodySeptember 6, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    No PM Harper has no right to send troops to Irag. We Canadians are Peace Keepers.

  91. leslie parrottSeptember 6, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    This comment by Pepe Escobar shines a light on the twisted logic that is guiding NATO.

    “Ukraine, it must be stressed, is not a NATO member. Technically, every NATO bureaucrat in Brussels admits that a candidate country must request membership. And countries with regions mired in an international dispute are not accepted. So Ukraine would only be considered if Kiev gave up Crimea. It’s not going to happen.”

    So what we have is US propaganda feeding the ‘bad Putin cuz he took Crimea’ meme and churning that into ‘bad Putin cuz he’s fighting Ukraine becoming a NATO partner’. Is anything not Putin’s fault?

    God help the Ukrainian people – they’ll be pretzelled into all out civil war before long.

  92. Susan RussellSeptember 6, 2014 at 1:28 pm #

    The idea of sending troops to Iraq makes no sense. It will not increase global security nor will it help decrease the threat of ISIS

  93. Jane FlahertySeptember 6, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    Canada should definitely NOT be sending troops to Iraq. I was so proud of our country when we were the people who helped keep the peace – that is where we should return.

  94. ShohrehSeptember 6, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

    That is an absolutely irresponsible move as will spread the war and there won’t be any hope for peace. Canada is becoming an international bully which is a shame as we used to be peacekeepers. Conservative government agenda is obvious: interfering in other countries affairs and turning Canadians’ lives into a permanent misery by increasing war budget instead of investing on peace.

  95. Grace IsaakSeptember 6, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    Sending Canadian troops to Iraq will have the same outcome as sending troops to Afghanistan had in 2003. This will not be of help to Iraqis but it will keep Canada’s arms dealers busy.

  96. Albert HaddadSeptember 6, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    Definitely not. Mr Harper has already transformed this peaceful nation into a warring one. If the US needs an enemy to keep its military industrial complex, its elites and its hegemony, Canada does not.

  97. Joan PenningsSeptember 6, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    And the Israeli’s are nominating Harper for the Nobel Peace price???

  98. Joan PenningsSeptember 6, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

    Don’t agree.

    I am waiting for a password to blog Eric Margolis.

  99. MostaqSeptember 6, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

    N, no way to send our kids to Iraq. Why are we so eager to kill them (our young kids) there without a very good reason?

  100. Leila LustigSeptember 6, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    Canada should not send troops to Iraq. This is yet another move in Harper’s strategy to militarize the country — a major part of what he sees as his legacy.

  101. Harold FunkSeptember 6, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    We should stop our war mongering & instead, start to negotiate the re-union of the 7 tribe as they were under Sadam Husein. Only peace can help them to stabalize the country, rebuild the infrastructure that the USA & itys allies destroyed.
    Peace is what we need to improve the quality of life for all.

  102. Wayne MagnusonSeptember 6, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    Every decision, every move, every speech Harper makes is directed at his base. Everything else is secondary, including the people he claims to help, including a majority of Canadians who did not vote for him, and including Canadian causes he could care less about as long as he’s re-elected. We have NEVER seen such a bigoted, ruthless person in the PMO. It’s time we let him know.

  103. Michel BoucherSeptember 6, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    Canadian troops should not be spending their time playing out cabinet’s bloodsoaked fantasy scenarios.

  104. Howard A. DoughtySeptember 6, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    While a sense of outrage at the brutality of ISIS is understandable, the fact is that Harper is a “chickenhawk,” desperate to put Canadian troops into battle. He never got over Jean Chretien’s wise decision to remain out of the “WMD” war against Iraq and has now got his chance to display warrior virtues by putting Canadian lives at risk.

    The entire history of the Near & Middle East – back to the Treaty of Versailles in 1918 and including, more recently, everything from the overthrow of Mossedq in 1953, to the recent events in Libya, Egypt, Syria and Gaza reveal not merely arrogance but profound incompetence.

    Even assuming (which I do not) that there is a moral and a lawful case to be made for intervention, Harper is the last person (next to “Toady” Blair, John McCain, Lindsay Graham and Sarah bin-Palin) whom I trust to oversee such a military misadventure.

    Canada military, foreign and defence policy made sense when we restricted our global role to UN Peacekeeping. Now, Harper is just an annoying yappy little dog trying to join the wolves in the hunt.

  105. Anne StreeterSeptember 6, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    Absolutely – no Canadian troops to Iraq! Iraq, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Ukraine (engineered coup)…. U.S interference has made a huge mess of things. Lets not be a part of it! The only ones to benefit are those involved in the military industrial complex!

  106. JocelynSeptember 6, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

    Under NO circumstances should this war mongering, weapon producing madman who calls himself Canada’s Prime Minister, send Canadian troops and spend any more of our hard earned taxpayers dollars fuelling a dirty and unresolvable war.

  107. FrankSeptember 6, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    Send humanitarian supplies, increase immigration to Canada by the displaced, push for sanctions against those financing “extremists” etc. Sending Canadian troops (“advisors”) will make things worse, not better. Canadian advisors who stayed away from the front lines (according to Harper) would be useless. A more likely upshot is their increasing involvement in operations, embedding Canada in an unnecessary quagmire. Let the US and British continue their military efforts to mitigate the mess their military actions initiated

  108. Ruth NicolSeptember 6, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    Absolutely no Canadian troops on the ground in Iraq.
    What does Mr Harper think he is doing, aside from very likely following the US into war?

  109. toby dentSeptember 6, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    Provide advice??? What would Harper know about battling ISIL except for providing them with more heads….Canadian… in this case. Did Harper seek advice before doing this? My advice is let Harper go himself if he wants to get involved in another war. Didn’t he sell weapons to ISIL in the first place??? This PM is a real danger to society. No-one can stand him. Time to fire him for behaving like a psychopath. All he really wants is to stay in power by scaring us into voting for him. Well…it won’t work.

  110. Alice ThomsonSeptember 6, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

    I think he is trying to emulate the US, and be “IN” with all the good old boys, I for one DO NOT want to be an American satellite, I Like President Obama, but we are our OWN country and don’t need to follow anyone, if we only had someone who knew how to lead and not go down the wrong path, that would be great. MY Father was in the 1914 War AND the 1946 war, and Happily came home. WE do not need any more conflicts that might get fixed a bit more amicably.

  111. Priscilla JuddSeptember 6, 2014 at 11:59 am #

    Should Canada send troops to Iraq?

    No! No! No! No! No! No!

  112. Trevor HacheSeptember 6, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    No, Canada should absolutely not be sending troops to Iraq

  113. HarrySeptember 6, 2014 at 11:55 am #

    No troops to Iraq. When Chretien was Prime Minister, he refused to send troops there. Harper attacked him for being unpatriotic. Harper is AWOL in the way he treats canadian troops, either serving of retired or injured. He is a disgrace. So are the top military leaders and Minister of Defence

  114. JimSeptember 6, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    As usual, Harper is moving in lock step with Washington.

    This is hardly surprising, given his outright, unquestioning support for Bush-Cheney’s criminal attack on Iraq, which has resulted in the ultimate destruction of that country and the continuing massive suffering of the Iraqi people.

  115. JohnSeptember 6, 2014 at 11:48 am #

    Canada is told what to do by USA – so its no wonder we are seding troops. I used to think Canada was peace loving, but now Mr Harper and co want us to be a mirror image of USA. Pitty. It is a stupid policy, in my opinion.

  116. Valeria KennedySeptember 6, 2014 at 11:47 am #

    How did this idiot get to rule our land like a destructive dictator? How do we get rid of him? He has drained all resources for necessary infrastructure, health care, veteran care, education. fair clean media presentation of the TRUTH, and IGNORES the damage Fukishima is doing to the west coast, the total desturction of Alberta via tar sands and fracking, and the enormous health problems created by the overlay of Canada with deadly wi-fi without proper testing. I distrust every idea that comes from his sick head – and certainly oppose the idea of sending any Canadian Military personel into the MESS that the U.S caused in Iraq. WE ARE A GATHERING OF PEACE MAKERS CALLED CANADIANS who are now considered militant war-mongers globally. Harper is doing exactly as Obama demands – shifting the global anger against U.S. militia to Canada. HE IS SOOOOOOOO STUPID, DENSE and IGNORANTLY ARROGANT and his personally selected pool of idiot ministers are as bad.

  117. Gloria GrahamSeptember 6, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    We are getting sick and tired as to what Harpers needs are. He is NOT representing the needs and wants of Canadians. He should put on his military gear, and join the Americans on the front line! Leave us out of your beliefs and wannabe attitude!! Maybe you should put our tax dollars into better health care for all. People here cannot afford dental benefits, yet he is willing to spend millions for what!!

  118. Jean McLarenSeptember 6, 2014 at 11:40 am #

    it is very interesting that the people of Iran be called “Islamist s” does that mean that everyone in the whole country is Islamist? And it assumes that they are all “bad terrorists” according to Harper. I have been to Palestine several times and although the people are probably related to Islam that certainly didst mean they were wrong or bad or terrorists. They were very kind and friendly to me when I helped them pick their olives.
    ps. one of my grandsons was killed in Afghanistan, He joined the army to help girls go to school and was killed by a land mine.

  119. Jo AtkinsSeptember 6, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    I’m so sorry that Mr. Harper heads our government because he in no way represents me. No military intervention, please.

  120. Richard ComarSeptember 6, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    The man is a complete idiot! The sooner we defeat him and his minions and charge them with treasonous acts against Canadians and what we hold dear, the better. I see no reason why the CON MP’s should get any pension when all they have done for their constituents is ‘block vote’ with Harpo on everything. We need to completely change the political system in Canada so extremists like Harpo, Baird and Mckay never get close to governing our nation ever again.

  121. EA DoucetteSeptember 6, 2014 at 11:28 am #

    We are not taking care of the veterans that we have already. I do not support sending any more Canadian troops to war. We are peacekeepers, not war mongers. Harper said something like, when he has a majority government, you will not recognize Canada when he’s finished. He is certainly doing this and I don’t like it.

  122. G PhlpottSeptember 6, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    No, Canadians should not be sent to Iraq

  123. heather mcintyreSeptember 6, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    Canadian troops should only be sent as part of a multinational PEACE KEEPING group.

  124. William L. RogersSeptember 6, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    Iraq cannot experience any more wars.

  125. Roger and Geraldine LafleurSeptember 6, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    Yes, I believe ALL countries should help fight ISIS!!

  126. Lynn AskeySeptember 6, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    Definitely NOT! Harper is like the reincarnation of Hitler.

  127. Joy TaylorSeptember 6, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    The first thing that crossed my mind is the horror that some of these young Canadians could be captured and God forbid…beheaded. I would be in agreement that they go BUT with the idea that , like in days of old, those who make the decision to send them into the fray, lead them on a white charger.It should have been voted on by all party leaders, not just one man.

  128. John DuddySeptember 6, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    Check out this link:-


    The Canadian Prime Minister needs to research this and find out who are the real terrorists.

  129. Tariq AhsanSeptember 6, 2014 at 11:12 am #

    ISIS does need to be resisted. Would be best if regional forces like Turkey, Iran, and Jordan, and Libya took the lead in helping the Iraqi government to do this. reintroduction of Western forces will only ignite the worst fears of Iraqis about the exploitative and oppressive intentions of the West towards them.

  130. LorettaSeptember 6, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    Canada has no business going there. Iraq wouldn’t come if we needed assistance, why then should we have to be there? Not fair at all.

  131. L.A. MandevilleSeptember 6, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    There are many, and more useful, other places to invest taxpayers dollars into.

  132. Diana van EykSeptember 6, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    Harper has no right to send Canadian troops to Iraq. This is an irresponsible and reckless move.