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Humanitarian aid takes backseat to ISIL mission expansion

“Despite Stephen Harper’s claims that humanitarian help goes hand in hand with military action in Iraq and Syria, Canada’s plan to expand its Middle East mission has yet to be linked with additional financial aid.”

Global News

OTTAWA – Despite Stephen Harper’s claims that humanitarian help goes hand in hand with military action in Iraq and Syria, Canada’s plan to expand its Middle East mission has yet to be linked with additional financial aid.

So far, Canada has contributed about $100 million towards the situation in Iraq and millions more in Syria. The humanitarian aid portion – about $67 million for measures like food relief and emergency shelter – has been spent.

The Harper government says it has not ruled out allocating additional funds and is continuing to assess the needs of the region.

READ MORE: Harper’s full speech on expanding Canada’s mission against ISIS

But the motion being debated by Parliament this week is focused solely on the military aspect of the mission, as the security situation on the ground doesn’t yet allow for more sustained development programs.

The opposition, however, says Canada needs to play…

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