By The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG – A former top military commander is criticizing those who oppose military intervention in Iraq and Syria.
Retired general Rick Hillier, a former chief of defence staff, says not much can be accomplished until the leadership of the Islamic State is taken out.
Canada’s role in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has become an election issue.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has said he would end bombing campaigns and other military action, and put more resources into humanitarian and refugee efforts.
Hillier says the humanitarian crisis won’t end unless Islamic State leaders are dealt with first.
He says that means continued air strikes and the ongoing presence of special forces in the region.
Hillier was in charge of Canada’s military between 2005 and 2008.
He answered media questions in Winnipeg after speaking about leadership to a construction association.