A new poll by Decima research states the vast majority of Canadians want the troops home on schedule (h/t Canadian Observer) in 2009. The CBC reports,
The survey by Decima Research, released Monday to The Canadian Press, found that two-thirds of respondents want Canadian troops to come home when the current mandate from Parliament expires in February 2009.
Meanwhile the Dutch Prime Minister is now in Canada consulting with Harper on trade and keeping Dutch troops in Afghanistan. Coincidentally a majority of people in the Netherlands are also opposed to extending troop commitments past their current 2008 withdrawl date.
The CBC asked the Dutch prime minister if he is worried that a large majority of people in the Netherlands are opposed to having troops stay past their current withdrawal date. The Dutch Prime Minister responded that it doesn’t really matter what the polls say; what matters is that commitment in Afghanistan continue. Based on his excessive flattery of Canada, including a rather smarmy piece where he declares that “Canada is reminding Europe of our World War 2 heroics” and his facial expressions, I have a feeling both the Canadian and Dutch troops will be staying past 2009.
June 12th Update: If anyone is interested…. here is a newly published article in the Tyee on Royal Dutch Shell to go with the ones already linked within this post