The CBC and BBC report Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced Canada will help enforce a no-fly zone in Libya.Three CF-18 fighter jets have already left CFB Bagotville in Quebec, three more are slated to join them shortly.
Canada is among a number of nations that have imposed sanctions against the current regime, and called for Moammar Gadhafi to step down. Harper stated his reasoning as follows:
One either believes in freedom or one just says one believes in freedom. The Libyan people have shown by their sacrifice that they believe in it. Assisting them is a moral obligation upon those of us who profess to believe in this great ideal.
As head of a minority government, Harper sought and received support for this action from leadership of the Liberals, NDP and Bloc Quebecois. Harper indicated he will bring the matter before Parliament as well, when it resumes next week.