Jun 19, 2013
By Jane Brown
As 900 Canadian soldiers make their way to Afghanistan for our last training mission there, a formal announcement is expected today from Defence Minister Peter McKay that some Canadian troops will be heading to Haiti for a peacekeeping operation.
According to internal defence department documents, the deployment of an infantry platoon was approved by the Harper government this past October. It had apparently been in the works for two years.
Liberal Defence Critic John McKay says it’s the first he’s heard about it and Parliamentarians had a right to know what was happening before today. “We’re not attacking anybody, we’re going in to help the Haitians, so why would you do it in such a clandestine fashion?”
The infantry platoon is set to arrive in Haiti tomorrow for a six-month mission under Brazilian command.