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Minister of State unaware if Parliament will reconvene to debate Syrian crisis
Canada’s minister of state said in Duncan Wednesday Parliament could be called back to debate possible action against Syria after last week’s deadly gas attack.
“It’s a serious situation, and I don’t want to predict what we’ll do,” the Conservative MP for Vancouver Island North said while in town Wednesday delivering $157,000 toward Rotary Park upgrades.
“Anything Canada does should be done in concert with our allies.”
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has spoken with U.S. president Barack Obama about possible retaliation for an alleged chemical gas attack by Syrian government forces that killed an estimated 300 people, and injured about 3,000, on Aug. 21.
No decisions had been made about air strikes, or other western military actions, by press time.
But Duncan didn’t rule out reconvening Parliament to debate the tense Syrian situation that’s also being discussed by Washington and the British government.
“I don’t see Canada rushing in and taking the lead.
“I’ve heard nothing so far,” he said of reopening Parliament after Harper prorogued the House until October, “but Parliament could be called back at any time if need be — it’s a very fluid situation.”
Duncan called Assad’s actions “horrific.”
“The world has obviously taken an interest. Syria’s a pariah state at this point.
“I’m pleased the international community is speaking up and mobilizing to do something.”