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NDP Would End Canada’s Mission in Iraq, Syria

September 10, 2015 8:23 AM | News

Tom Mulcair

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair speaks to supporters along with candidate Andrew Thomson, left, during a campaign stop in Toronto on Thursday, August 27, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)

NDP leader Tom Mulcair brought his Campaign for Change tour to Winnipeg on Thursday.

Mulcair said Canadian military personnel will immediately come home from Iraq and Syria this fall — months earlier than planned — if the NDP wins the October 19 federal election.

Mulcair says the mission falls neither under the umbrella of the United Nations nor NATO, and a New Democrat government wants no part of a U.S.-led coalition.

Canada has a half-dozen fighter jets flying bombing missions in both Middle East countries, and several dozen special forces military trainers working with Kurdish fighters in Iraq to fight Islamic militants — a commitment that now extends to March.

Mulcair made the announcement at the Operating Engineers Training Institute.

He then departed for Edmonton, where he will be appearing at a rally later this evening.

Mulcair is the first federal leader to visit Winnipeg twice during the campaign. Conservative leader Stephen Harper and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau have each made a stop since the election was called in August.

— With files from The Canadian Press