March 25, 2015
NDP REALITY CHECK: What IS the legal rationale for bombing in Syria?
Yesterday, when Tom Mulcair asked Stephen Harper to provide the legal basis for bombing in Syria, the Prime Minister got up and read from a piece of paper where he said the following:
“As our allies have indicated, they are taking necessary and proportionate military action in Syria on the basis that the government of Syria is unwilling or unable to prevent ISIL from staging operations and conducting attacks there, including ultimately attacks that include this country as a target.”
The key part, “unwilling or unable”, was repeated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs this morning at a press conference.
Some questions for the government:
Can the government release its legal justification, the same way the Obama administration did?