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Asking Minister Joly to acknowledge the Canadian Armed Forces are amongst the best in the world
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Asking Minister Joly to acknowledge the Canadian Armed Forces are amongst the best in the world

On 22 March 2022, I asked Minister Joly the following question: "Mr. Speaker, I and many other combat veterans were disappointed to hear the Minister of Foreign Affairs state that Canada 'is not a military power.' I have led some of Canada's finest warriors in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. I would like to educate the minister that Canada's success in 'making sure that diplomacy is happening' during global conflicts is predicated by our ability to back it up militarily. I am doubtful the minister will apologize, but will she acknowledge that Canadian Armed Forces personnel are among the best in the world and that Canada is a military power?" Minister Joly's response: "Mr. Speaker, obviously we support our men and women in uniform. That is exactly why I had the chance to go to Ukraine to meet with them through Operation Unifier, as well as in Latvia. At the same time, I find it a bit rich on the part of the Conservatives, as they reduced their military spending below 1% when they were in government, which was the lowest in 60 years. Of course, it will be a pleasure to work with my colleague, because the question of Ukraine is not a partisan question. It is a question that should unite us while people are—" Following this interaction in the Chamber, I sent the Minister a note and talked to her in the lobby afterwards. Where I simply asked her to listen to the question and if the question isn't partisan don't make it partisan to throw her staff prepared talking points in the garbage. I reiterated that all I was asking was for her public acknowledgment in the House of Commons that our Canadian Armed Forces personnel are amongst the best in world and that Canada is a military power. I then immediately filed with the Clerks a request for adjournment proceedings on this question with the Minister which I was granted a spot on 31 March. This video is off the subsequent intervention...watch for her response....
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