Mr. Speaker, I obviously agree that Kandahar, in fact Afghanistan as a whole, is a combat zone, but let me remind the leader of the NDP why two successive governments and two parties have decided to be in Afghanistan.
We are there because we are under a mandate approved by the Security Council of the United Nations, supported by virtually the entire international community.
We are there at the invitation of a democratically elected government in Afghanistan, and our troops are protecting ordinary Afghan people who need our help.
We are there because we have young men and women who have put their hearts and souls into this. They believe and know we are doing the right thing, and we will succeed.