Opposition will continue pushing for clarity on Canada’s combat role in Iraq

NDP Leader leader Tom Mulcair says his opposition to Canada joining the air war in Iraq doesn’t mean he can’t still support the men and women fighting that battle.

OTTAWA — NDP Leader leader Tom Mulcair says his opposition to Canada joining the air war in Iraq doesn’t mean he can’t still support the men and women fighting that battle.

Mulcair says he hopes that with Canadians now involved in a combat mission, Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be more forthcoming about what they’re actually doing.

But he doesn’t seem optimistic that he’ll receive any more information than what’s already been given.

The House of Commons voted Tuesday night to send fighter planes to join the international air campaign against the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

The Conservative majority meant that the motion could not fail, though the New Democrats proposed an amendment that would have refocused it on non-combat goals.

Mulcair says it’s now his role to continue holding the government to account on the fighting.

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