Media Advisory - Canadian Armed Forces Chief of the Land Staff to speak on the future of Canada's army and our role in Afghanistan

    VANCOUVER, March 2 /CNW/ - Lt.-Gen. Andrew Leslie, Chief of the Land
Staff, Canadian Armed Forces, will discuss the role of Canada's armed forces
in Afghanistan at a Fraser Institute luncheon in Vancouver on Tuesday,
March 6.
    "Our aim in Afghanistan is to support the establishment of a stable
government and promote progress in the war ravaged nation," Lt.-Gen. Leslie
    He will discuss barriers the armed forces are currently facing in
Afghanistan and the short-term and long-term strategies that Land Staff should
implement to overcome these obstacles.
    Lt.-Gen. Leslie was appointed Commander Task Force Kabul and Deputy
Commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in
Afghanistan in June 2003. He then became the Assistant Chief of the Land
Staff. In 2004, he pursued his PhD studies at the Royal Military College in
Kingston. He was appointed Director General Strategic Planning in Ottawa in
2005 and was promoted to his current rank and was appointed Chief of the Land
Staff in June 2006.

    Date:        Tuesday, March 6, 2007

    Time:        12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

    (Leslie will speak from 12:15 pm-1:00 pm, followed by 30 minutes of

    Location:    Fraser Institute Boardroom
                 4th Floor, 1770 Burrard Street
                 Vancouver, BC

    Interested media are invited to attend.

    The Fraser Institute is an independent research and educational
organization based in Canada. Its mission is to measure, study, and
communicate the impact of competitive markets and government intervention on
the welfare of individuals. To protect the Institute's independence, it does
not accept grants from governments or contracts for research. Visit

For further information:

For further information: Raeann Co, Media Relations Co-ordinator, The
Fraser Institute, Tel. (604) 688-0221 ext. 568, Email:

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