Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Manley defends call for 1,000 more soldiers

OTTAWA -- One thousand more combat troops in Kandahar is just the minimum soldiering help that Canada needs from NATO allies in order to remain in deadly southern Afghanistan, John Manley told MPs yesterday.

The Tory government also scrambled yesterday to explain a report that the Afghanistan mission will run $1-billion over budget this fiscal year.

The government did not deny the budget blowout for 2007-08 reported in Montreal's La Presse newspaper. It simply warned that the $1-billion was based on preliminary estimates that cannot be confirmed until after the end of the fiscal year later this month.

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