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CPC (ON)
There is one other quick topic because of course it's been in the news recently. President Obama announced that the United States would be sending approximately 400 additional troops to Iraq.
Can you speak to whether there are any plans to expand our Canadian Armed Forces' role in Iraq?
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CPC (ON)
Do you make sure they have the things they need to keep their morale up, to make sure that they contact their families, and to relieve as much stress as humanly possible, especially when they're stationed in Alert and other places like that?
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CPC (ON)
Because of that they're able to function properly, and therefore you can reassure Canadians that they're healthy and their emotional state is being cared for, and therefore, they're in their top operational mode.
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CPC (ON)
Thank you very much Mr. Chair, and once again, through you, I'd like to thank the witnesses.
My question will be for any of the witnesses, but we'll start with Monsieur Coulombe.
I was recently at an event in my riding. One of the people at this event has a young son in his early 20s, who is with the American armed forces. He's with the infantry and is serving in Afghanistan. He's at the end of his service there. They go through a nine-month rotation. Ours is six.
The father was telling me that many American families, including his, who are in Canada put on the front of their porch, when their children are serving—or a grandparent or whoever might do it—a sign that says, “proud military family”.
He said recently that people who display the sign have been asked by the authorities, by the armed forces, to take the signs down because their intelligence agencies have learned that these homes will be targeted.
I'm asking you this because many of my constituents, especially during our stint in Afghanistan, had lawn signs that said, “we support our military”.
I'm wondering if CSIS is aware of the U.S. situation and whether you have any reason to send the same message to Canadians, because quite frankly I found it very disturbing when I found that out. As is the case for Mr. Falk and Ms. Ablonczy, our constituents are asking us certain questions. I didn't respond to them, and I didn't comment. I just shook my head when you mentioned that.
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