A test for Trudeau? Liberals split on Iraq

OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau is facing the first serious test of his leadership of Canada’s Liberals in the wake of a parliamentary vote to send Canadian fighter jets to Iraq.

Trudeau and most Liberal MPs voted against the idea.

But Liberal MP Irwin Cotler, a former justice minister and a globally recognized human rights defender, abstained from the vote, saying in a statement that his “principled absention,” as he called it, was a result of his recognition that military intervention against Islamic terrorists in Iraq and Syria is required, but that the Harper government’s proposal lacked “clarity.”