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Andrew Leslie

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Liberal MP for Orleans

Lieutenant-General (Retired) Andrew Leslie is Parliamentary Secretary to Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada-US relations).
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Our National Security Depends On Climate Action

It is next to impossible to develop an appropriate plan for dealing with security threats unless you understand what has caused them. And it may seem counterintuitive, at first, to link Canadian national security concerns with international climate change. However, recent negative trends affecting our already fragile climate, and the associated impacts on weather and the global ecosystem, are a real and present danger to our national security.
07/08/2015 08:32 EDT
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If Anyone "Distrusts" The Military It's Harper

We were disturbed and disappointed to read Stephen Harper's recent comments erroneously claiming that Justin Trudeau has a "deep distrust" of the Canadian military. In my experience, actions speak louder than words, and while Mr. Harper has always been quick to stand with our soldiers for photo ops, he has failed to have their backs when it counts. We have a sacred obligation to our soldiers -- past and present -- which this Prime Minister has clearly rejected. By contrast, Mr. Trudeau is firmly committed to fulfilling our nation's obligation to our veterans, and to investing in the equipment and training that our troops need to get the job done
02/06/2015 04:17 EST