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PM Trudeau has adopted Harper’s language on Canada’s ‘non-combat’ mission in Iraq

By Tim Harper      

'The Liberals have announced they would continue the ground mission—in fact triple the number of the Canadians on the ground—and call it “advise and assist.’’ It wasn’t “non-combat’’ then and it certainly isn’t now,' writes columnist Tim Harper.

Former Conservative PM Stephen Harper and Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau both said Canada was in a 'non-combat' mission in Iraq. The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright

The new Canadian role in the anti-ISIS coalition actually takes its roots from a decision taken 16 months ago when Justin Trudeau decided he could not align himself with Stephen Harper. If Harper wanted to bomb Islamic State targets, then the Liberals didn’t want to do that. There was principle at play and internal Liberal debate, but with an election looming, a third party leader had to put as much daylight between him and an unpopular prime minister

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