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Trudeau fails Canada’s military and allies

By Conservative MP James Bezan      

•Every time the Liberals have been given an opportunity to step up, they have stepped back.•The Liberals' policy does nothing to address the challenges on defence spending and procurement. Since coming to office, the Liberals have consistently cut the Department of National Defence’s budget and made a mess of important procurement projects, including replacing our fighter jets and navy vessels.•In less than two years Justin Trudeau has reneged on his promise to exclude the F-35 and backed out of negotiations with Boeing, adding unnecessary costs and delays to the replacement of Canada’s CF-18 fighter jets.•Canada should be a leader on the world stage. But we are not "back" under the Liberals. We cannot take our cues from international organizations like the UN, nor can we sit on the sidelines.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is out of synch with our allies and does not consider Canada’s national defence to be a priority, writes James Bezan. The Hill Times file photograph

Maintaining and enhancing Canada’s national security and defence posture is aided by our relative geographic isolation and our involvement in the world’s strongest defence partnership with our only physical next-door neighbour. Nonetheless, Canada has continually identified threats to our territorial and continental security and ensured our military forces are properly resourced, equipped, and trained to keep Canadians and our allies safe. From the onset of the Boer War to the battle to defeat ISIS, the Canadian Armed Forces have a proud

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