REPORTING · 19th March 2011
CBC news is reporting Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper stated Canada is at War. On a quick review of the official news site and web materials posted by the Government of Canada we were unable to confirm the Canadian Parliament has discussed this or even authorized the declaration of War.
"We should not kid ourselves. Whenever we engage in military action — essentially acts of war — these are difficult situations," quotes CBCs website from Harpers statement while in France.
Other live TV news clearly states Harper has declared - "Canada is at war".
Canada has sent 6 CF18 fighter jets to assist in enforcing a no fly zone over Libya and the military claims they will need two days to prepare for engagement. Enforcing a United Nations declared no fly zone and the declaration of war are two different actions.
We have requested comments from our local Member of Parliament to confirm this unilateral action of the Canadian Prime Minister and are awaiting his response.
From the Government of Canada
Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the following remarks on the situation in Libya:
“Since the crisis in Libya first began, Canada has taken a strong and decisive position.
“Working closely with our allies, we have evacuated Canadian citizens, put in place tough sanctions, and called on the Gaddafi regime to stop the bloodshed and immediately step down.
“Despite these actions, the situation in Libya remains intolerable.
“Last night, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution endorsing immediate action to protect Libyan citizens from the threat of further slaughter.
“Canada, in cooperation with our allies and other members of the international community, worked to gain support for this resolution.
“We will now take the urgent action necessary to support it.
“As a consequence, the Government has authorized the deployment of CF-18 fighter jets to join the HMCS Charlottetown in the region.
“If Colonel Gaddafi does not comply with this Security Council Resolution, Canadian Armed Forces working with other like-minded nations will enforce the resolution.
“We are encouraged by late-breaking news that, in response to the threat of military action, the Libyan regime has declared a ceasefire.
“However, for that threat to remain credible, adequate military forces must be in place.
“Our deployment will therefore proceed.
“I have spoken with the leaders of the Opposition parties to advise them of the Government’s decision and to indicate we will consult Parliament next week.
“I also indicated we will seek Parliament’s approval before extending the deployment beyond three months.
“I will just add this:
“One either believes in freedom, or one just says one believes in freedom.
“The Libyan people have shown by their sacrifice that they believe in it.
“Assisting them is a moral obligation upon those of us who profess this great ideal.
Shouldn't the headline read...
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 21st March 2011
..."the Harper Government is at war."?
Christy's advisor may lose out
Comment by Karen Dedosenco on 20th March 2011
I wonder how this will affect Gwyn Morgan's contract to build a prison for Gadhaffi. On the plus (???) side he will be able to spend more time advising Christy Clark.
Is anyone else out there concerned about a Prime Minister who has no respect for Parliamentary proceedures? A PM who insists he makes the rules and has the right to make decisions, as important as going to war, on his own?