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POLL: 60% of Canadians opposed to extended military mission in Afghanistan

A poll conducted by the research firm EKOS for the CBC found that 60 percent of Canadians do not support extending Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan past July 2011.

The 60 percent figure shows a steady increase in support for the withdrawal of Canadian troops from Afghanistan. An Ipsos Reid poll in July 2009 found that 52 percent of Canadians wanted the troops home at the end of this mission. A January 2008 poll showed 37 percent support for this position. More on these polls at http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=1072.

To read our ‘ACTION ALERT: Demand the immediate, safe and orderly withdrawal of Canadian troops from Afghanistan’, please go to http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=2173.

To date, 141 Canadian soldiers have been killed in this war. The most recent death is that of 21-year-old Darren James Fitzpatrick. He died on March 20 at the University of Alberta Hospital after being wounded in an IED attack on March 6.

For the September 2009 campaign blog ‘Afghanistan war could cost Conservatives and Liberals votes’, please go to http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=1785.