Although the Canada’s new Liberal government won’t be sworn in until November 4th, Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau has informed President Obama that Canada will not be involved in conducting airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Trudeau did not give Obama a precise date as to when the RCAF would cease participating in bombing missions. The outgoing Conservative government of Stephen Harper joined the U.S. led bombing campaign against ISIS in November 2014. For his part, Trudeau wants to provide humanitarian aid to Iraq and Syria and confine Canada’s military involvement to training.
While Canada’s military capacity might be modest compared to ours, I do think it is important that Canada was involved in the bombing mission against ISIS as a matter of solidarity against barbarism. Trudeau is effectively withdrawing from the coalition which sends the message that the civilized world isn’t serious about destroying ISIS.
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