Canada to spend "what is needed" in Afghanistan

Thu Oct 9, 2008 12:15pm EDT
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RICHMOND, British Columbia (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday the government would spend as much as is needed to keep the country's military safe in Afghanistan.

Harper was responding to a reporter's question on a campaign stop in a Vancouver suburb about a just-released report by the Parliament Budget Office that said Canada's military involvement in Afghanistan has already cost up to C$10.5 billion ($9.13 billion) and could eventually hit C$18 billion.

($1=$1.15 Canadian)

(Reporting by John McCrank; Editing by Peter Galloway)

<p>Canadian soldiers ride their armoured vehicles as they keep watch in Arghandab district in Kandahar province June 25, 2008. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani</p>