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Mr. O'Connor's explanation

Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor will have some explaining to do in the House. Mr. O'Connor, who has 30 years experience in the army and is a former brigadier general, went to Afghanistan last week to meet with the head of the Kandahar office of Afghanistan's Independant Human Rights Commission. He wanted to "look the man in the eyes and confirm that they're going to do what they say they're going to do." Mr. O'Connor was referring to Abdul Qadar Noorzie. He wanted to ensure the AIHRC is monitoring the transfer of Afghan prisoners handed over by Canadian Forces. For months, Mr. O'Connor had been telling MPs in the House that the International Committee of the Red Cross monitored the Canada-Afghanistan detainees' transfer agreement. But The Globe and Mail recently broke the story that the ICRC was not monitoring the detainee transfers.

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Mr. O'Connor's explanation

Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor will have some explaining to do in the House. Mr. O'Connor, who has 30 years experience in the army and is a former brigadier general, went to Afghanistan last week to meet with the head of the Kandahar office of Afghanistan's Independant Human Rights Commission. He wanted to "look the man in the eyes and confirm that they're going to do what they say they're going to do." Mr. O'Connor was referring to Abdul Qadar Noorzie. He wanted to ensure the AIHRC is monitoring the transfer of Afghan prisoners handed over by Canadian Forces. For months, Mr. O'Connor had been telling MPs in the House that the International Committee of the Red Cross monitored the Canada-Afghanistan detainees' transfer agreement. But The Globe and Mail recently broke the story that the ICRC was not monitoring the detainee transfers.

  

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
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The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
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Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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