Prime Minister Harper appointed former Liberal deputy Prime Minister John Manley to head an independent and non-partisan panel of 5 prominent Canadians to review the Afghan mission, and Canada’s future involvement in Afghanistan after the current mission expires in February 2009.
The panel will deliver its report in January 2008.
Good policy is good politics.
-Hon. John Manley
former Liberal deputy Prime Minister
Liberal leader Stéphane Dion welcomed the creation of the committee but insisted the combat mission should end by February 2009.
NDP Leader Jack Layton dismissed the panel as a partisan delay tactic, saying Canadian forces should withdraw from Afghanistan immediately.