The need to define "broad Canadian consensus" - how does this work?
On Jan. 23, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced he's seeking "broad Canadian consensus" on whether and how to extend the mission in Mali, and on Jan. 24, it's announced that the mission has been extended another three weeks.
Either the prime minister did or did not obtain "broad Canadian consensus."
If he did, how did that work given that Parliament has not been sitting since December, and given that I received an email from the Prime Minister's Office that same day (Jan. 24), saying that my email would be sent to Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird?
If the prime minister obtained "broad Canadian consensus," he needs to define what that means. If he did not obtain such consensus, why did he go ahead anyway and extend the mission?