Elizabeth May speaks out against proposed expansion of Iraq mission

27 03 2015
March 27, 2015

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister spoke to the government’s proposed expansion of Canadian airstrikes into Syria. Both Thomas Mulcair and Justin Trudeau were given the opportunity to respond, while I was denied the opportunity to speak. I wrote about the incident in an op-ed for the Globe and Mail yesterday, which you can read here:elizabethmaymp.ca/by-denying-my-right-to-speak-our-parliament-is-weakened. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to speak to the government’s motion Thursday morning. You can follow the link to the video of my speech, and read the text below. 

Speech: Military Contribution Against ISIL

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to be allowed to speak today on the motion before us to extend the mission in Iraq, to expand it into Syria and to conduct it over the next 12 months.

I want to start by saying I appreciate your words, Mr. Speaker. The disrespect and the heckling on both sides of this House and the allowing of this discussion to fall into the disrespectful patterns that we see in question period would certainly be unfortunate.

We are talking about sending Canadian Forces, for another 12 months, into an even more dangerous mission. We should be able to discuss it like grownups, on both sides of this House, in a respectful debate, a serious debate which would allow Canadians to help form their own opinions about what Canada should do.

I do not think anyone in this place believes that Canada should do nothing. I do not think anyone in this place underestimates the threat that is ISIL or ISIS. Both names are used, but the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is a more dangerous force in many ways than what we have seen before. They claim to have the ability to set up their own perimeters, their own sovereignty and their own caliphate.

They have shown themselves to be excessively brutal, sadistic and to shock the conscience of the world. They are practising a 9th century extremist interpretation of Islam, and they represent a quite dangerous force. I do not think anyone around this House of Commons would deny that…

[Continue reading and watch speech…]

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