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Policy Briefing: Defence
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured here with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington earlier this year, says Canada won't participate in the U.S.-led ballistic missile defence system or commit more personnel for new missions in Afghanistan. Official White House photograph by Shealah Craighead

Trudeau confident on NATO commitments, BMD decision, despite unpredictable U.S. administration

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has restated Canadian opposition to sending personnel to the new U.S.-NATO effort in Afghanistan or to participating in the ballistic missile defence system, in the face of renewed calls from Washington for more support for alliance commitments.
•Our national cyber-security strategy has not changed for seven years, despite the fact the threat of cyber-attacks has dramatically evolved since then. •Over the course of this summer, two of the most devastating cyber-attacks in a decade have taken place: the WannaCry and Petya attacks. Between these two cyber-attacks, critical services like the U.K.’s National Health Service, Russia’s interior ministry, and Chernobyl’s radiation monitoring system were all held for ransom by hackers. •Despite the imminent threat that cyber-attacks pose to our critical infrastructure, Canada is lagging behind its allies in cyber-security. In fact, our national cyber-security strategy has not changed for seven years, despite the fact that the threat of cyber-attacks has dramatically evolved since then. As a result, Canada has become incredibly vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
•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.
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Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the Liberal government has outdone its predecessors by producing the country's first 'fully funded' defence policy to provide sustainable, long-term funding for the Canadian Armed Forces.
•Taking care of the women and men in uniform goes beyond giving them equipment and training. It means ensuring they and their families are well supported. •Security and defence require an approach that rises above our political differences for the common safety and security of our nation. •I want to emphasize the importance of working productively with all Parliamentarians on issues related to the defence file. I call on my parliamentary critics, James Bezan, Randall Garrison, and Michel Boudrias, as well as Defence Committee members, to do the same.
Critics claim the Liberals lack a 'conceptual strategy' on defence as the defence policy review was published without a complementary assessment of foreign policy.

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