Canada to command new North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission in Iraq
13 July, 2018, 20:53 | Author: Myra Gill
The intervening years saw Canada deploy fighter jets, surveillance planes and air-to-air refuellers, a transport aircraft, a medical hospital and hundreds more special forces to help the coalition and Kurdish and Iraqi military forces push ISIL back and eventually defeat it on the battlefield.
"Canada continues to place a premium on tangible operational contributions", Le Bouthillier said in a statement, "as well as on demonstrating a commitment and capacity to deploy and sustain personnel in support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance".
"Our first - and really our only consideration - was what served the Canadian national interest, what served Canadians, what was appropriate to do for Canada given our role in the world and the very great interest we, as Canadians, have in a functioning, rules-based worldwide order", Freeland said.
But while he acknowledged the tensions between Canada and the US playing out in a trade dispute triggered by American tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, Trudeau said the USA remains a close friend and trading partner regardless of who is prime minister or president.
That will serve as the backdrop for the news that Canada is renewing the mission, the current three-year mandate for which is now run out on March 31, 2019, sources told The Canadian Press, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss details not yet made public.
Trump took Twitter swipes at Canada following the G7 summit - mostly over Canadian dairy policy - but reserved his most persistent and personal attacks for Trudeau himself, calling him "dishonest" and "weak" for telling the closing G7 news conference that Canada would not be "pushed around" on trade.
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"When you think of it, what Trump is making clear - to us and to others - is what should always have been screamingly obvious: that our nation's safety now rests in our own hands, far more than in anyone else's".
Trudeau said Canada will not double its defence budget to get to that mark. However, the increased commitment by the alliance in Iraq could be a major step in that direction. And we should understand that despite the fact that the Cold war ended and there was a significant reduction of the military presence of the U.S. and Canada to Europe (the last battle tank United States of America in 2013 left Europe), is now being moved to Europe armored brigade! Canada's defence spending is now 1.23 per cent and only projected to reach 1.4 per cent in 2024. Canada's defence spending is only expected to reach 1.4 per cent of GDP.
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