From The NY Times:
After the recent deaths, the opposition Liberal Party, which was in power when Canada first sent troops to Afghanistan, introduced a motion in Parliament calling on the government to withdraw Canadian troops from Afghanistan when the current commitment expires in February 2009.
The Liberal and separatist Bloc Québécois parties are expected to support the nonbinding motion, but without the support of the third opposition party, the New Democratic Party, it is expected to fail.
I must have missed this, but if true its a real puker. Now, it looks like the Dippers will try to cover the fact that they're propping up the Harper regime by demanding an immediate withdrawal, and claiming that anything less is unacceptable. But of course, since an immediate withdrawal is impractical, dishonorable and just generally ain't gonna happen, this choice is entirely illusory. 2009 is the first realistic date, and Jack Layton is ready to reject it to, what, spare Stephen Harper some embarrassment?
God these guys have become a disappointment under Layton. Anyone for a "draft Ed Broadbent again" movement? How about a "draft Alexa' movement? Anything but what we have now.