The official House of Commons debate over Canada’s mission to Iraq ended on Tuesday evening with the Conservative majority voting to join the U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS.
The NDP voted against the motion citing a lack of clarity and no U.N or NATO resolution backing the mission. The Liberals, like the NDP, touted a more humanitarian role.
The question now turns to how those two parties should proceed.
The fact that Parliament is divided about going to war is a rarity in Canadian history.
According to Duncan Cameron, the President of the left-wing online newspaper Rabble.ca, “Canada has not sent military into a war zone without support from the Official Opposition party in the House of Commons” ever before.
"In World Wars I and II, Korea, all UN missions, the first Iraq war (1993), Afghanistan, and Libya," he wrote, "Canadian military action had bipartisan support. "
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