To vote or not to vote on whatever it is our soldiers will be doing

The Prime Minister says when a military mission is “technical or training” in nature, a vote in parliament is not necessary and Michael Ignatieff hypothetically agrees.

“If – please note the word if – the mission is a genuinely non-combat role, then you could imagine proceeding without a parliamentary resolution,” Mr. Ignatieff said. “But we’re not there yet. We’ve got to define what the mission that the government proposes actually is.”

On that note, Liberal Senator Colin Kenny says it’s impossible to properly train Afghan soldiers behind the wire and Andrew Mayeda says there are important distinctions to be clarified.