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What to do about the Afghan quagmire

Canada and its allies must acknowledge that after a decade they are slowly, painfully, going nowhere. Foreign Affairs' most recent quarterly report on Afghanistan may be its last and the Cabinet committee on Afghanistan has been disbanded.

TORONTO—The Department of Foreign Affairs has now produced 10 quarterly progress "reports" on Afghanistan. They reveal little progress and significant regress on the most critical issue: security. The most recent report notes that insurgent attacks have increased by 70 per cent over the past year. Simultaneously, it reports, "Sixty per cent of Kandaharis see themselves as safe in their communities, and 46 per cent see security as improving. Only one in six Kandaharis see security as getting worse." The implication is that Canadians have contributed to this relatively positive state of affairs. The findings of a more recent poll conducted for a BBC/ABC/Washington Post/German ADR consortium paint a more troubling picture.

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What to do about the Afghan quagmire

Canada and its allies must acknowledge that after a decade they are slowly, painfully, going nowhere. Foreign Affairs' most recent quarterly report on Afghanistan may be its last and the Cabinet committee on Afghanistan has been disbanded.

TORONTO—The Department of Foreign Affairs has now produced 10 quarterly progress "reports" on Afghanistan. They reveal little progress and significant regress on the most critical issue: security. The most recent report notes that insurgent attacks have increased by 70 per cent over the past year. Simultaneously, it reports, "Sixty per cent of Kandaharis see themselves as safe in their communities, and 46 per cent see security as improving. Only one in six Kandaharis see security as getting worse." The implication is that Canadians have contributed to this relatively positive state of affairs. The findings of a more recent poll conducted for a BBC/ABC/Washington Post/German ADR consortium paint a more troubling picture.

  
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Sunday, July 12, 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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