NDP MP Elaine Michaud says Canada is asking its brave men and women to serve abroad, but we don't know if the mission will have a positive effect. "There's so much ambiguity on the front lines," she says.
Michaud also raises the issue of the care our soldiers will need once they return from the mission.
Paul Calandra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, asks Michaud under what circumstances the NDP would support a combat mission, and how the party proposes protecting aid workers.
Michaud says the NDP wants Canada to concentrate on areas where it has expertise: humanitarian aid, help for civilians, minorities, training, etc.
Liberal MP Kevin Lamoureux is up now asking about the NDP's amendment. To what degree does the NDP believe the Canadian Forces should be involved.
Michaud responds to say that the amendment meets the Iraqi request for humanitarian aid and other interventions. We need to meet their needs, and hard to respond to a hypothetical situation, she says.
Up now, Conservative MP Laurie Hawn delivers a statement. He speaks of images showing Iraqi and Syrian soldiers digging their own graves before being killed. "This is the Islamic State version of the final solution," Hawn says. Militants "revel" in their savagery, he says.
To simply bomb ISIS over the course of six months or more will not resolve the issue of the isolation of minorities in Iraq, Hawn acknowledges.
It is "simplistic" to think that humanitarian aid can be delivered amidst such a conflict without some force, Hawn says.
In a nod to Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's comments about Canada whipping out its CF-18s to show how big they are, Hawn provides the aircraft's specifications.
"We won't be running the mission from question period," Hawn says. "And we won't let the opposition do that, either."
The rules of engagement "are not public information," Hawn says, so they will not be disclosed in Parliament.
Up now, NDP MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault asks about whether bombing is the only solution to the issue. Hawn says he never suggested that. Combat and humanitarian aid go together.
Liberal MP Judy Sgro says all MPs share the same interest and concern about what Canada can do to fight ISIS. She wonders how much discussion Canada had with the coalition on how best it could help. She also wonders about plans to reduce civilian casualties.
Up now, Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre speaks. He begins by talking about the terror threat to Canada.
There have been two-dozen terror-related convictions in Canadian courts since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Poilievre says. Terror presents a "clear and present danger," he says.
Poilievre cites cases of Canadian terror suspects abroad. If they could walk Canada's streets yesterday and try to participate in overseas terror attacks today, why couldn't they perpetrate attacks in Canada tomorrow?
"The root cause of terrorism is the terrorist himself," Poilievre says, taking a jab at Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, who recently suggested that fighting terrorism should include looking at its root causes.
Pierre Poilievre accuses the opposition of saying the only option is humanitarian aid. What if all countries said that? Poilievre asks. "I think everybody acknowledges that somebody has to do combat" against ISIS, he says.
Up now, is NDP MP Randall Garrison. He says that as terrible as beheadings are, we should not allow them to spur a reaction that is based on anger or revulsion.
ISIS's brutality is likely designed to spur us to "rash action," Garrison says.
Garrison says the Libyan mission had clear objectives, a timeline for its end. Therefore, he could support it. "We do not have that," with the Iraq mission, Garrison says.
Garrison says all MPs should agree that "normal, criminal prosecutions should take place" for Canadians who go abroad to engage in terror.
But after-the-fact prosecutions don't cut off the flow of Canadians who may go abroad to engage in terror, Garrison says. Need to take pro-active measures to "cut off the supply of recruits" from Canada, he says.
NDP MP Charlie Angus gets up to ask whether the federal government "has defined who the bad guys are." As for terror groups that are fighting ISIS: "Are they now our friends?" Angus asks.
Garrison says he doesn't expect the government to do is when it will bomb which target. However, the government should be able to say what its objectives are, he says.
Up now for the first time is NDP MP Craig Scott. The question is whether Canada's involvement according to the government's motion is necessary, and if it's wise?
"We're all on the same page on the barbaric nature of ISIS," Scott says. There's a consensus in society on this, he says.
Scott quotes the Canadian Council of Imams, which has denounced ISIS's "barbaric" behaviour.
The question of strategy is really important, Scott says. Because the struggle against ISIS is "the next phase of something that was started in 2003," he says.
What good will it do for Westerners to get involved when there doesn't seem to be an understanding of what's happening on the ground, Scott asks.
That's it for me today, everyone. Thanks so much for following along. My colleague, Sonja Puzic, will take over from here. Keep those comments coming!
Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, is speaking now. He says Canada has always stood where there have been oppressions in the world.
NDP MP Craig Scott says the question is "Why should Canada be ... the tail that's being wagged by another dog?" (referring to U.S.-led airstrikes).
Scott says there has been a lack of information about Canada's involvement in Iraq, including the advisory role we have played up until now.
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander speaking now.
Alexander says Iraq has seen "far too much bloodshed." Says Canada has helped Iraqi refugees and taken a principled stand to help those affected by genocide, rape and war.