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Sajjan says Canadian Armed Forces should reflect Canadian population and be gender balanced

By Neil Moss      

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the procurement of the Canadian Surface Combatant, the most complex one in Canadian defence history, is 'going extremely well.'

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan spoke to The Hill Times for a 15-minute interview on Aug. 29 on the national shipbuilding strategy, Canada's Mali peacekeeping mission, gender parity in the Forces, among others. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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Canada's Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan says the Canadian Armed Forces is striving to reflect its population, and that means gender parity. The current goal is for the Forces to be composed of 25 per cent women by 2025, but Mr. Sajjan (Vancouver South, B.C.) said that is “just the start.” That includes making the Armed Forces more inclusive, and fixing a culture that in 2015 former Supreme Court justice Marie Deschamps said was “sexualized” and “hostile”

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