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Policy Briefing: Defence Policy Briefing—09-26-2016

Keeping the peace in an ever more unstable global security climate has been easier said than done

Responding solely with military force in Europe, we risk a dangerous re-emergence of a Cold War. And so New Democrats remain concerned that the plan put forward by the new Liberal government for troop deployment to Europe is yet another one-dimensional response on the part of Canada, and one that has not yet been fully explained to Canadians.
Canada should not sweep possible violations of international law under the rug. If Canada is not complicit in violations of international law, let us finally prove so. If Canada is complicit, we must take responsibility. The truth is long overdue.
Harjit Sajjan says two themes have emerged from the government's defence policy review so far: troop wellness, and ensuring the Forces' ability to respond at home and abroad, particularly with peace operations.
Opinion|Sean Bruyea
Ultimately, politicians and the public must force change. The removal of incompetent and inept leaders perpetuating a culture of persecution, impunity and intransigence is a start. Then, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promised openness and transparency can begin. Without transparency and openness, the military and Canada will fail to keep faith with those who have got our six.
Today’s Liberals appear destined to repeat the same mistakes as the Liberals of old, reducing the size and capability of our military and shifting Canada’s defence and foreign policy away from principled to political appeasement.
In a world of unpredictable threats and shrinking resources, every decision carries with it sacrifices. Sound discernment is needed to ensure the Canadian Forces are ready for any mission without being stretched to the point of being ill-prepared for the likeliest of future threats.
Feature|Denis Calnan
'The problem that NATO has is what if Russia does go into the Baltic states, what do we do?' asks Carleton University's Elinor Sloan.
Feature|Denis Calnan
The challenge is knowing where and when to go and how to convince politicians and the public that a mission is worthwhile, says MacEwan University's Jean-Christophe Boucher.

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