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Peacekeeping pledge short on detail, MP says

August 26, 2016 4:03 P.M.

The Trudeau government is being less than forthright as it commits Canadian peacekeepers to conflict zones around the world without specifics, MP Cathy McLeod says.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, together with Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion and Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale announced Friday that Canada is committing roughly $500 million, 600 soldiers and 150 police officers.

The move represents a large commitment yet the ministers weren’t forthcoming with details, such as where the resources will be directed and when, McLeod noted.

“To be frank, it was really lacking in any amount of detail,” McLeod said. “They need to be forthright with Canadians.”

The commitment represents a return to the peacekeeping tradition for which the country is known around the world, the ministers said.

“It is time for Canada to choose engagement over isolation,” Dion said. “Time to act with responsible conviction as a determined peace builder.”

Africa is considered among U.N. priorities, with missions in Sudan, Mali, Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo as some of the possible countries for Canadian involvement.

Lee Kenney says:
August 29, 2016 07:32am

To be less than forthright, is that like proroguing parliament ?

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