Mr. Speaker, I would like to compliment the parliamentary secretary on how well he articulated Canada's international role, especially as it applies to Afghanistan. It has been stated that the security of Canada is intrinsically tied to the security of Afghanistan.
Yesterday we commemorated the fact that at one time women in Canada were not even considered to be persons. It is very fitting that the parliamentary secretary spoke today about the raising of rights for the women and children in Afghanistan.
The opposition claims to speak on behalf of soldiers deployed to Afghanistan and wanting to end the Afghan mission. The parliamentary secretary has many soldiers in his riding and I am sure that he has occasion to speak to these soldiers. Would the parliamentary secretary please share with us what the soldiers tell him in terms of their experiences in dealing with the Afghans?