Canada intends to encourage countries at a November peacekeeping summit to follow its example and rise to a “new level” of ambition in the commitment of troops and equipment to the world’s trouble spots, federal documents show.
As many as 11 military veterans, whose appeals for benefits were heard before a federal review panel, have been offered the chance to re-argue their claims after questions were raised about the validity of the rulings, CBC News has learned.
Canada’s former top soldier in Haiti, who was tossed into legal limbo two years ago, said he has no intention of giving up his battle for an apology over the way he was stripped of command and brought home under a cloud of scandal.
Call it the case of the delayed dinghies.
The Canadian military wants to replace its fleet of inflatable landing craft, which is more than a quarter-century old, with 350 new inflatables designed for rapid deployment of up to a dozen infantry or engineers in each boat.
When pressed about the issue on the Senate floor Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he understood Canadians’ “concerns” about the $10.5 million payout to Omar Khadr. “In fact,” he added, “I share those concerns about the money; that’s why we settled.” But to the thousands of men and women who have served in Canada’s military, their concerns go far beyond the simple dollar amount.
For anyone hoping the Liberal government plans to blow up Canada’s much-maligned military procurement system, Patrick Finn has some advice: Don’t hold your breath.