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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.

  
Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, July 12, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Politicians, Candidates come out for Toronto Pride Parade, June 28, 2015 June 29, 2015

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On Sunday, Toronto didn't have to wait for the rain to stop for the rainbows to appear, or the politicians. Pictured here, federal and Ontario Liberal leaders Justin Trudeau and Kathleen Wynne, joined by MPs Chrystia Freeland, Carolyn Bennett, and Bob Rae. Candidates Bill Morneau, Salma Zahid, and Bill Blair were there, too.

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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, really playing up the beard thing at this year's pride.

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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May alongside candidates Gord Miller, Mike Schreiner, and deputy leader of the Green Party of Ontario, Mark Daye.

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A first this year was a Conservative contingent actually walking in the parade. They were calling themselves the LGTBTories. Among them were MP Bernard Trottier, candidate for Toronto-Centre Julian Di Battista, and Status of Women and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.

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NDP Toronto MPs Matthew Kellway and Craig Scott, with Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and candidate for Toronto-Centre Linda McQuaig.

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Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett carrying the banner with the Women's College Hospital in the parade.

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In an appearance that has sparked some backlash among social-conservative Conservatives, MPPs Jack MacLaren and Lisa MacLeod marched alongside Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader Patrick Brown.

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