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Can we become more? To answer that question we require a good understanding of who we are and what our world has become.
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"There's frustration with Canada, yes."
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The government promised last August to send up to 600 troops for an unspecified peacekeeping mission.
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The government won't say when it will choose a mission.
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Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has been dragging his feet about deploying Canadian peacekeepers to Mali. Canada should never again contribute troops to the endless UN-led peace missions that pop up around the world. In 70 years of peacekeeping, I'm at a loss to think of a single mission that succeeded.
This country's narrative concerning peacekeeping is about to change, as the Trudeau government will soon announce where the deployment of some 600 military personnel will be based for a three-year period. The plan will also include air transport, training, medical, and engineering components.
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Canada hasn't had a seat since 2000.
"Do we have to send our men and women into harm's way to reach Mr. Trudeau's goal?"
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Many of the possible missions the Canadian government is considering carry great risks.
Canada's defence minister said peacekeepers have a mandate to use deadly force — if needed — to protect civilians.
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Yesterday, Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan announced that Canada will commit to a yet undefined peacekeeping mission, probably in central Africa, and in doing so Canada will be a "responsible partner in the world." It will probably not be until the end of the year that we know the details -- why, where, the mission's duration, what will they do, what victory looks like and the terms of engagement. What we know for sure from minister Sajjan's announcement and follow-up questions is that this matter will not be brought before Parliament for a vote before the commitment to the UN is finally agreed upon and put into operation.
"We must aim to avert crises before they reach a point that requires military intervention."
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No decisions yet on numbers, timing or location.
Last Thursday, Lieutenant General Paul Wynnyk became the commander of the Canadian Army and quickly stated the Canadian Army could possibly deploy troops in Africa. As a matter of fact, according to Wynnyk, a deployment to Africa was imminent. Although many regions in Africa would benefit from having Canadian soldiers on the ground, Mali has been mentioned on many occasions.