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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
Friday, May 29, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Canadian talent centre stage at SOCAN Hill reception May 19, 2015

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The crowd dancing and singing along to Alex Nevsky's performance, in the Aboriginal Peoples Committee room.
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Liberal MP Stéphane Dion, SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, President of the SOCAN Board of Directors Stan Meissner, and SOCAN Chief Quebec Affairs Officer Geneviève Côté, pictured May 12 at the event.
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Conservative MP Gord Brown, chair of the House Canadian Heritage Committee.
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NDP MPs Rathika Sitsabaiesan and Pierre Nantel take a selfie during the concert.
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Canadian performing artist Sarah Slean.
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DFATD Director General Marcel Lebleu, Environics Communications' Louis-Charles Roy, Alex Nevsky, and ESDC's Philippe Bernier-Arcand.
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Back Row: Stéphane Dion, Sarah Slean, Mr. Brown, Eric Baptiste, Pierre Nantel, Stan Meissner, James Cowan. Front Row: Marc Ouellette, Geneviève Côté, Alex Nevsky, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Gabriel Gratton.
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Gabriel Gratton, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Alex Nevsky performing.
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Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner, SOCAN's Geneviève Côté, and Liberal MP Mark Eyking.
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Sarah Slean and NDP MP Tyrone Benskin.
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Conservative MP Terrence Young, SOCAN's Stan Meissner, and Eric Baptiste.
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Tom Mulcair's current, and former chiefs of staff Alain Gaul and Raoul Gébert, with SOCAN's Eric Baptiste.
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Sen. Cowan, Sarah Slean, and Stan Meissner.
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Environics Communications' Alex Bushell, with NDP MPs Carol Hughes and Djaouida Sellah.
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Alex Nevsky and Environics Communications' Greg MacEachern.

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