All-party support for ISIL mission hanging on text of motion, opposition says

Opposition MPs will get a briefing Wednesday on the government’s plans to extend and expand Canada’s role in the global fight against Islamic extremists in Iraq — and possibly in Syria.

OTTAWA — Opposition MPs will get a briefing Wednesday on the government’s plans to extend and expand Canada’s role in the global fight against Islamic extremists in Iraq — and possibly in Syria.

But whether that will be enough to get the all-party support the Conservatives are hoping for is unclear.

The New Democrats are opposed to the Canadian military’s involvement in airstrikes against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

They say they’ll plan to make sure that whatever measures the government proposes include commitments to diplomatic and development support.

The Liberals are keeping quiet on their plans, saying they want to see the text of the motion and discuss it within caucus before making a decision.

Defence Minister Jason Kenney calls ISIL a genocidal terrorist organization that’s engaged in ethnic cleansing, and says Canada has a responsibility to help stop it.

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