This week three French-Canadian soldiers from the Vandoos regiment were killed in Afghanistan. This brings to 69 the number of Canadians killed in that mission and it sent support for the war in Quebec, already low, plunging further.
Which begs the further question, Is what is happening in Afghanistan fair to Canada? The fact is that Canada’s killed-in-action rate is three times as high as the British rate and four times the American level. Furthermore other countries, notably Germany, Spain and Italy have sent troops to Afghanistan but keep them far from the fighting in the relatively quiet north of the country. As a result these countries have suffered very few casualties.
It is clear that Canada is carrying an unfair share of the load in terms of troops in harm’s way. At the very least it is time for other NATO countries to step up in terms of burden sharing.
These facts on the ground are reflected in the poll numbers. More than two-thirds of Quebecers are opposed to sending troops to Afghanistan. Now that our troops are there an equal number of Quebecers say the troops should come home before February, 2009.
Do you agree Canada is carrying an unfair burden in Afghanistan?
Do you think the troops should come home before February, 2009?