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View Rick Norlock Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair. Through you to the witnesses, thank you for attending today.
Minister, I have two questions. The first one is that I don't really believe that Canadians have been properly advised—especially given your two portfolios—about the minority groups in Canada that you've talked about who are being targeted by ISIS, and about Canada's military mission and why it's needed.
Secondly, we're talking about military missions, but Canada's strategy and our government's initiatives have a humanitarian nature to them and a broader scope.
Could you talk about those two issues?
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CPC (ON)
Thank you.
Could you talk about the government's broader scope and initiatives in the area? We talk about the military equipment, etc., but we're also doing humanitarian work in these areas.
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CPC (ON)
Thank you very much. Mr. Chair, through you to the witnesses, thank you very much for appearing today.
I'd like to have a before and after snapshot of Canada's ability to go anywhere on the face of this earth, let alone in our own country, to face a disaster or to help those affected by a disaster.
General Hood, if you could, would you, in a succinct way because our time is limited, compare our current ability to get DART to anywhere in Canada or to the rest of the world to the time before the acquisition of our tactical and heavy lift capabilities, and what that means as far as time elements and being able to put the pieces together on the ground in a fast way?
View Rick Norlock Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much.
You were the commander at CFB Trenton. I do recall that prior to our acquisition of heavy-lift capability, as you mentioned in your answer, we had to lease aircraft. Of course, I recall very often seeing an Antonov on the runway at CFB Trenton 8 Wing.
I was told, and you can confirm this, that often, especially when we were at our peak as far as Afghanistan goes, that you could be literally weeks, if not months, from leasing an aircraft capable of transporting a unit like DART.
Would that be correct?
View Rick Norlock Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to the witnesses for appearing this afternoon, some for a second time today.
I want to talk about Canada's foreign policy and how the military is an instrument of, shall we say, enforcing our foreign policy. I wrote down two quick areas. One is aid to those who do not have the ability to address a significant disaster—I'm dealing primarily with foreign policy, so smaller countries that don't have the ability. Another is the fight on terrorism, so support for those countries, democracies, or entities, sometimes within countries—and I'm thinking of Libya here—who advocate for democracy and human rights, and also support for our allies, whether it's NATO, NORAD, or the UN sanctions.
Mr. Hennessy, when you dealt with this subject, you said external appointments—I think you were referring to a very small, effective ability. Mr. Sokolsky said it should be consistent with those nations whose interests and values we share.
Having said that, how do you view a Canadian armed forces being able to support that foreign policy vis-à-vis the properly trained people--and specifically, the equipment to do it?
I'm referring to C-17s, the difference between Haiti and Sri Lanka, waiting to rent a commercial airline, and all that; and our ability to be a nation that can be counted on, with the right kind of equipment, to be an instrument of enforcing the standards of democracy and the protection of human rights and human life. How can we do that within a discretionary budget that is somewhat limited in scope and is complementary to our allies?
We can start with Mr. Sokolsky, and then perhaps everybody can have a shot at that, especially Mr. Bland.
View Rick Norlock Profile
CPC (ON)
We have CIDA, but are any other international organizations, such as CARE, getting involved? We have quite a few organizations in Canada beginning to talk about assistance. Is CIDA working with those organizations or are you beginning to coordinate efforts?
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CPC (ON)
Thank you very much.
There has been some interest and some reporting of that. What people need to realize is the United Nations is taking the lead here, and we're just assisting in that. Up to and until the complete wholeness of that occurs in a plan for national assistance, we are reluctant to go into an area where there's still some danger. Would that assessment be essentially correct?
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CPC (ON)
Thank you very much.
I know this is a tender area. It was explored somewhat by Mr. McKay. Has there been some expression of interest by the greater African community to be involved in this process?
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