Harper rules out ‘direct’ Canadian military mission in Mali

“The government of Canada is not considering a direct Canadian military mission,” he said. “What we are doing, and will continue to do, obviously we’re providing humanitarian assistance to this region, which is important. And we are consulting with and working with, and will continue, diplomatically, with our allies in the west and obviously with our friends in Africa, on ways that we can be of assistance.”

In 2010 – 2011 Canada gave 109 Million in aid to Mali… it hasn’t helped much.
“Mali, one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world, ranks 175 out of 187 countries in the United Nations Development Programme’s 2011 human development index. Out of a total population of 13.3 million, 51 percent lives on less than US$1.25/day, and 68 percent is under 25 years of age. The country has higher rates of infant and maternal mortality, disease, and malnutrition than most countries in sub-Saharan Africa and an illiteracy rate of 75 percent.”