Certainly I don't know whether S. Dion was suggesting invigorated diplomatic efforts (through NATO?) in an effort to pressure Pakistan into closing its porous Afghan border, or whether he really did want to send in the troops. If the latter, he is not the first to make this proposal. The first was the late, unlamented Tory Defense Minister Gordon O'Connor. From the original, September 2006 Globe story:
KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN --Canadian soldiers should join local forces fighting Taliban insurgents inside Pakistan,defense Minister Gordon O'Connor says, making a tentative first attempt at raising the explosive issue of foreign troops trespassersg on Pakistani territory.
Most of the Globe piece is behind a fire-wall, but I wrote back then that:
...what O'Connor seems to be asking in the above is merely that Canadian and allied troops should have the same permissions as U.S. Special Forces: to conduct limited, low-profile pursuits of al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects into Pakistan.
Jeez but people have short memories, including some of the ones around Dion, apparently. It would have taken exactly 6 seconds to run a few search terms and found all this out. Employ teh googles, Dion! Employ teh googles!
(Actually, it looks like O'Connor backpedalled from this idea pretty quickly as well)