Well, I know we re-elected the same government in the next elections, and the next after. When things finally did change, it was to an even more pro-war government. Now we have greater military spending, better equipment and safer troops. Currently, we're planning on sending even more troops. When Canadians do something, they don't pay lip service.If you don't want "your" people to die, elect a government that won't drag your soldiers into stupid wars where they get killed. Apparently, the Uk government did send their troups there against their population's opinion, and we'll see what happens in the next elections there.
And I won't get involved in internal Canadian politics. If your government does not follow the Canadian people's wishes, get a new one. That's how it works. Don't blame other countries if your gov't screwed up.
Now, I will say that public opinion is pretty negative about this war, but you have to understand why. Canadians don't want to be in a war where the other participants don't share the load. We feel like we've been screwed by much of the world, because we have. That's why we're pulling out by 2011. I will give France some credit here, lately they've been doing a little bit more of the easy work, so America can free up troops to help Canada with the hard work.
But I can say this, the next time there is a country in military need, no one will help them. Certainly, Canada won't, because we now know how few true allies we really have. The world will let them fall like Austria and Poland did years ago. The only consolation is that globalization makes war less desirable. Still, this global military apathy can only make war easier for those who wish to wage it.