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Politics Today January 20, 2013

 

On this edition of “Politics Today”, RCI's Gilda Salomone focusses on Canada’s contribution to the war against al-Qaeda-linked rebel fighters in northern Mali.
On Tuesday, a Canadian Forces C-17 transport plane headed to Mali to support the French mission for one week.

The following day, France’s President, François Hollande, personally asked Stephen Harper to extend Canada’s contribution and to offer more transport help.

The Harper government has been reluctant to commit more than non-combat support to France, preferring instead to pursue diplomatic and humanitarian options in order to help restore democracy in Mali.

Robert Fowler, a former Canadian diplomat who was kidnapped by terrorists in Africa in 2010 and held captive for 130 days, thinks Canada can do more.

And he is not the only one concerned about the consequences of the crisis in Mali. Robert Matthews, Professor emeritus at the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, thinks Canada should play a more important role in the crisis in West Africa. I spoke with him earlier this week.


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