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Conservatives back Trudeau but also accuse him of flip-flopping on Syria, New Democrats want multilateral response

By Erica Giancola      

Conservative MPs support Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's backing the U.S. airstrikes in Syria, but are focusing on how his strategy has changed abruptly.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured in this file photo at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa, said this week: 'We need to move as quickly as possible towards peace and stability in Syria that does not involve Bashar al-Assad.'
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he "fully supports" the U.S. airstrikes on a Syrian airbase on April 6 and is calling on Russia to stop supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but the Conservatives are criticizing the prime minister for flip-flopping on how to deal with Syria's conflict and the New Democrats say any successful response must be multilateral and compatible with international law. Mr. Trudeau (Papineau, Que.) released a statement on April 7, a day after the U.S. airstrikes in Syria

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