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International, Politics, Society

Defence industry defends controversial Saudi arms deal

The association that represents Canada’s defence industry is defending the government-approved sale of light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, reports Canadian Press. The controversial $15-billion deal is vigorously opposed by groups like Amnesty International and Project Ploughshares as well as» 

International, Politics, Society

Ottawa mulls role in stabilizing Libya

It looks increasingly like Canada will take part in what is likely to be a dangerous peacemaking operation in Libya. Speaking to reporters at the Conference on Security and Defence in Ottawa on Friday Chief of the Defence Staff Gen.» 

International, Politics, Society

Canada won’t cooperate with Hezbollah: defence minister

Canadian authorities will not deal with Hezbollah in Lebanon as they prepare to deploy military advisers to the country as part of Ottawa’s new strategy of fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan» 

International, Politics, Society

Throne speech sets vague foreign policy and defence priorities

Even before Gov. Gen. David Johnston set out to read the Speech from the Throne to outline the priorities of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, the word on the Hill was that it was going to be short. The Liberals wanted» 

International, Politics, Society

Mandate letters set priorities for defence and foreign policy

End Canada’s combat mission in Iraq and Syria, launch an open and transparent competition to replace the ageing CF-18 fighter jets, renew Canada’s commitments to UN peacekeeping operations, those are some of the marching orders Canada’s newly minted defence minister» 

Politics, Society

Is Canada’s F-35 program turning into another Sea King debacle?

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and former prime minister Jean Chretien speak to the media in Hamilton, Ont., on September 13, 2015. © PC/JONATHAN HAYWARD As Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau prepares to formally assume power on Nov. 4, one of the first» 

Health, Indigenous, Society

Concerns about Canada’s northern security patrollers

Some alarm bells are sounding over the health of Canada’s northern patrollers. Canada’s Arctic is a vast and very scarcely populated land. To provide sovereignty patrols, security from potential foreign threats or to detect and react to emergency situations, a»