Parliament debates Harper government plan for Iraq

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press

Members of Parliament are expected to debate a motion Monday that will send Canada to war in Iraq — should it pass as widely expected.

The motion, introduced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, would see Canada contribute fighter jets to carry out air strikes against Islamic extremists in that country.

Canada is also extending its non-combat mission in northern Iraq involving as many as 69 Canadian Forces personnel who are helping to train Iraqis in the fight against Islamic State militants, known as ISIL.

The NDP and Liberals have indicated they will vote against the motion, although it is expected to pass since the Harper Conservatives hold a majority in the House of Commons.

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