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Liberal lip service to peacekeeping didn’t live up to election pledge

By Scott Taylor      

After a four-year term, Canada under the Liberals will be back to contributing zilch to the UN, while we continue to deploy considerable forces on U.S.- or NATO-led military adventures.

Members of the Mali Task Force are pictured during the Operation Presence medals parade at Camp Castor on June 8, 2019. Despite a Liberal promise to have Canada play a significant role in UN peacekeeping efforts, not extending the Mali mission comes in stark contrast to the rapidity with which Canada has been extending all of our current non-UN foreign military deployments, writes Scott Taylor. DND photograph courtesy of Cpl. François Charest

OTTAWA—Aug. 9 was National Peacekeepers’ Day, and in honour of this momentous occasion Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted out the following message: “Canadian Peacekeepers put themselves in harm’s way to protect human rights, lay the foundations for peace, and help rebuild societies after war. Today, we honour them for their tireless work.”

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