Paul Heinbecker, now director of the Centre for Global Relations, Governance and Policy at Wilfrid Laurier University, and former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations, suggested that the Conservative government could win more favour for the war by trying to distance the Canadian agenda from the American one, and the hand over of leadership to NATO will help.I think giving leadership of the overall mission to NATO would be a positive step. As long as the mission is lead by the United States, I think questions of Canada's role in Afghanistan will be constantly criticized.
"The U.S. has an agenda in central Asia that isn't the Canadian agenda," Mr. Heinbecker said in an interview. "By that I mean strategic relationships in which a refurbished role with India is part of it; also bases throughout central Asia, also pipelines, oil companies. These are part of the U.S. agenda, it's not part of the Canadian agenda. The extent to which you involve yourself as a kind of partner with the U.S. but with different objectives, you risk being confused by others as being part of the U.S. enterprise overall. That's a very dangerous place to be."
Mr. Heinbecker said that Canada's objectives are to help establish a functioning government in Afghanistan, along with economic activity, education, infrastructure, and promote human rights and create stability to avoid the incubation of terrorist activity.
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