Political battle shaping up over Liberal government’s peacekeeping plan

By Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press on September 8, 2016.
Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan speaks during the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial meeting at Lancaster House, in London on Thursday Sept. 8, 2016. Sajjan says Canada will host a peacekeeping summit next year, even as Conservative MPs accuse the government of playing politics with Canadian troops. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-PA, Stefan RousseauOTTAWA – Battle lines are being drawn between Liberals and Conservatives as the government prepares to deploy hundreds of Canadian troops to an as-yet-unannounced United Nations peacekeeping mission in Africa.
The pending clash, which is breaking along ideological lines, was previewed Thursday and is expected to figure prominently when the House of Commons returns from its summer break later this month.
At a peacekeeping summit in London, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan affirmed the government’s plan to make up to 600 soldiers and 150 police officers available for peace operations. The government will also spend $450 …
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