"Right now, as Canada, we're focused on Iraq."
The defence minister is a veteran of three combat tours.
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan was in Washington for the conference.
Sajjan says Canada is monitoring the situation.
The defence minister is taking jabs from the left and the right.
He says Canada has set the example of what the mission needs.
Canada's Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan met for the first time today with U.S. Secretary of Defence Ash Carter who told him the Americans will "intensify" their fight against the Islamic State in Iraq...
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The government is facing calls to reconsider.
Trudeau has been under pressure from a number of directions.
OTTAWA — Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan argued Friday in favour of a calm, considered recasting of Canada's combat mission in Iraq. He pointed to past mistakes, saying that in the Afghan war some well...
"Every single course in the Canadian Armed Forces, regardless what rank level you go up to, always starts with ethics and values and that is the same level and standard we apply when we do our training."
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Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s office confirmed to CBC News that he won't attend Wednesday's meeting.
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Key Tory critics are zeroing in on the comments Harjit Sajjan made last week.
Meanwhile, New Democrats want an immediate end to the bombing.
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The defence minister will commit only to ending the bombing mission against ISIS within the next six months.
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Canada's foreign affairs and defence ministers insist there is "no pressure" from the Americans to step up Canada's contributions to the fight against ISIS, despite a letter from U.S. Defence Secretar...
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Re-drawing the ISIS mission is not the only challenge that awaits Sajjan.
Sajjan says he's open to expanding the scope of training.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has given the new defence minister his marching orders.