OTTAWA — The Harper government appointed former Liberal heavyweight John Manley Friday to a five-person panel to decide on the future of Canada's presence in Afghanistan after the 2009 deadline for the current mission expires.
- long-time broadcaster Pamela Wallin, whom the former Liberal government appointed as Canada's representative to New York;
- Canada's former ambassador to Washington, Derek Burney, who was Conservative prime minister Brian Mulroney's chief of staff;
- former clerk of the Privy Council Paul Tellier; and
- former Conservative health minister Jake Epp.
Nice to see Manitoba representing with Mr. Epp on the team. I look forward to seeing the committee go to work. The article suggests that they will be receiving terms of reference soon, but if I'm the Prime Minister, I give them a great deal of latitude. There is no doubt in this writer's mind that they will articulate the need for Canada to remain in Afghanistan. Further, I would think there will be little surprise if they suggest we are already doing exactly what we should be doing there.