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“War in Iraq and Syria will cost Canada $528M by next year”

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Published on April 03, 2015 with No Comments

Canada’s war in Iraq and Syria is expected to cost more than half a billion dollars by this time next year, Defence Minister Jason Kenney revealed.
Of the total, $406 million is expected to be spent in the new budget year that began Wednesday, on top of the projected $122.5 million that was set aside in the fiscal year that just ended.
Both opposition parties complained, calling the decision to hide the dollar figures unacceptable, but Kenney said the information simply wasn’t available when the estimates were completed in early March.
The $528.5-million estimate is likely not the last word on the question of costs, because there will be tear-down expenses should the next federal government decide to end the combat mission next March.
“I offer a caveat. That number will obviously change,” Kenney said on the way into question period.
“If the past is any guide, it’ll change upward, but that’s our best estimate. And it’s on that basis that cabinet approved additional funding.”


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