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Parliamentary report on Arctic security tries to cut through ‘geopolitical fog’

Canada and its NATO allies need to do a better job of understanding Russia’s military intentions in the Arctic and “to consider the most appropriate and measured response,” says a new report by a parliamentary committee looking into Canada’s policy »


Canada’s 2019 budget slim on hard power Arctic commitments, experts say

While the new Liberal budget promises to spend $700 million over the next 10 years for things like post-secondary education in Canada’s North, new infrastructure and Arctic research, there is barely any mention of investing in the government’s hard power »


Ottawa invests $1.6 billion to seek innovative solutions to defence challenges

The federal government is looking for outside help to find solutions for pressing challenges facing Canada in its defence and security sectors, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced Monday. Ottawa is ready to invest $1.6 billion dollars over the next 20 »

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Freeland and Sajjan head to Washington for talks on trade and defence

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan are going to be in Washington, D.C., today to discuss defence and trade issues in meetings with their American counterparts. During their two-day visit to the U.S. capital, Freeland and »

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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 »

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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. »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »