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The Trudeau government is backtracking on promises to strengthen Canada’s role in collective North American security by failing to secure new fighter jets and refusing to participate in the U.S.-led anti-ballistic missile defence system, says Conservative defence critic James Bezan. In the new defence policy released last May, the Liberal government committed to support the bi-national North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) in its mandate of defending the continent from security threats, but has failed so far to

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Conservatives, NDP call on Liberal government to match rhetoric with action on NORAD cooperation

By Marco Vigliotti      

The Liberals’ defence policy review was 'heavy with rhetoric' but in the nearly six months since its unveiling, the 'government has not taken any concrete actions to strengthen Canada’s role in NORAD,' says Conservative MP James Bezan.

A pilot inspects his CF-18 Hornet fighter jet in preparation for the next mission at Camp Patrice Vincent, Kuwait during Operation IMPACTi in early 2015. The major opposition parties are criticizing the Liberal government for its failure to move forward with the process to secure a replacement for the country's aging CF-18 fleet. Photograph courtesy of the Department of National Defence
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