Military personnel guide a CF-18 Hornet into position at the CFB Cold Lake, in Cold Lake, Alberta on October 21, 2014. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)It is a crafty bit of political theatre since a Liberal majority prevents the motion from going anywhere. At one point in the debate, Conservative MP Kellie Leitch said the Liberal policy is making the Canadian military look like "cowards" on the international stage. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan told the Commons the government's new approach — being crafted in consultation with allies — will be a "meaningful contribution" that takes in not only the military but other elements including de-radicalization of those who would join ISIL. James Bezan, the Conservative defence critic, said the country's allies have been asking for more military involvement, not less, and he went on to accuse the Liberals of demeaning the contribution the CF-18s have made so far. Going into last week's NATO meeting, Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion said Canada was responsible for just 2.4 per cent of the air strikes and the country could make a more "meaningful contribution."
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