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Quotes from Monday's Commons debate on Iraq

10/06/2014 06:13 EDT | Updated 12/06/2014 05:59 EST
OTTAWA - Some quotes from the debate Monday in the House of Commons over the government's decision to send warplanes into Iraq to battle the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant:

"This is not just another conflict. The struggle is not against a state or even a foreign dictator. This is a struggle against a group of terrorists that rape and pillage and slaughter anything and anyone that stands in their way. These terrorist are creating a proto-state, a place where they can train for attacks against Canada and the West." — Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird.

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"If we don't deal with ISIL and its ilk, they will deal with us." — Baird.

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"Anyone who accepts the premise that ISIL is a threat to our security while leaving the fight against ISIL to others is abrogating their moral responsibility and their duty of care." — Baird.

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"Remember the United States has been in this conflict for over 10 years. It has been fighting ISIS under one name or another for over 10 years. ... Why does the prime minister think that he can use military force to accomplish what others have been trying unsuccessfully since 2003?" — NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.

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"Conservatives have gone out of their way to stifle informed debate." — Mulcair.

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"The tragedy in Iraq and Syria will not end with another western-led invasion in that region. It will end by helping the people of Iraq and Syria to build the political institutions and security capabilities they need to oppose these threats themselves." — Mulcair.

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"No party can claim the high ground in condemning ISIL. We all forcefully condemn this abhorrent, barbaric group of terrorists. None of that is open to question." — Liberal foreign affairs critic Marc Garneau.

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"The prime minister has failed to make a clear case for a Canadian combat role in Iraq at this time. The prime minister is taking us across the Rubicon by deciding on a combat mission. Once a country makes that decision, there is no turning back the clock." — Garneau.