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Canada should do the right thing and bring Afghan interpreters to safety

By Phil Gurski      

Being a Canadian means being compassionate and doing the right thing. Allowing these Afghan interpreters to come here fits both bills.

There needs to be a better response than that provided by the department led by Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, pictured in the House of Commons foyer, which said there are ‘no special measures for Afghan interpreters’ currently planned, writes Phil Gurski. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—I may not be a military expert and I am certainly not as knowledgeable as Scott Taylor, whose column often appears online right above mine in The Hill Times, but I am pretty sure that whenever an army deploys abroad it relies a lot on local assistance. Assuming, of course, that army is not one of occupation in which it would be completely normal for residents not to pony up any help. Without the familiarity of those who live there, whatever mission is planned must be that much harder to achieve.

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