February 8, 2008 / 8:10 AM / in 10 years

Canada Afghan mission a confidence matter: Liberals

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Liberal Opposition Leader Stephane Dion that an upcoming vote on extending Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan would be treated as a matter of confidence, which could trigger an election, a spokeswoman for Dion said on Wednesday.

“The PM told Mr. Dion it would be a confidence matter,” Leslie Swartman told Reuters.

Harper and Dion met on Tuesday night to discuss the Afghan issue.

Harper’s Conservatives were elected with a minority government in 2006.

Reporting by Randall Palmer, writing by Lynne Olver; Editing by Peter Galloway

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