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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?
View Rick Norlock Profile
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.
View Rick Norlock Profile
CPC (ON)
There is one other quick topic because of course it's been in the news recently. President Obama announced that the United States would be sending approximately 400 additional troops to Iraq.
Can you speak to whether there are any plans to expand our Canadian Armed Forces' role in Iraq?
View Rick Norlock Profile
CPC (ON)
The reason I ask that question, of course, is that, knowing some of your more recent background as you indicated in your opening remarks, I know that people in the Canadian Armed Forces maintain friendships, and you must still have buddies in the Royal Canadian Navy and still keep abreast of what is going on. Feel free in any of the questions that come up to rely on what you've been told, because in my previous job, although I've been gone for 15 years, I still try to keep up with how things are going.
I have one last quick question. How do the operations of CANSOFCOM, both domestically and internationally, contribute to the operational success of other units in the Canadian Armed Forces?
View Rick Norlock Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
Thank you, Colonel, for appearing today.
As commander of 8 Wing Trenton, the hub of air mobility operations in Canada, could you update this committee on the contributions of the various squadrons at CFB Trenton to the safety and security of the Canadian Arctic, to Canadians at large, and in particular to the defence of North America, the reason for this study?
View Rick Norlock Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Through you to the witnesses, thank you for attending today.
My first question will be a question that I think is on all Canadians' minds right now. In the last 48 hours we have seen our Canadian Armed Forces, and particularly the RCAF, directly engaged in the theatre. I know there are some things you can say, and some things you can't say, but for the benefit of those Canadians who are watching and this committee, could you give us a rundown or run-through of what occurred in the last 48 hours, vis-à-vis the air strikes that occurred most recently?
View Rick Norlock Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much, General Hood.
My second question is I think more than just a personal observation, it's something that other members of Parliament have discussed with me, and for sure some of my constituents, and I wonder if you wouldn't mind commenting.
Some many hours prior to the official release by the Canadian Forces as to our actions that you have just described to us, we heard it from U.S. news sources. I'm wondering if there isn't a better coordinated way that you either can respond to today or can bring back to senior command staff so that we cooperate in a theatre of war but cooperate also on the news releases, so that Canadians, who are very much heavily invested in this operation, at least get to know what's going on at the same time as our American counterparts and we don't have to watch American television to find out what's going on. I wonder if you would like to comment on that.
View Rick Norlock Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much. It's just really helpful from our perspective, and we'll try to do the same from the civilian side of things.
I have one other question. One of the things we're asked—once again, on this tremendous investment, absolutely, especially the human investment that we have in this operation—is whether we are making gains. You can corroborate this or not, but I'm led to believe that our operations, our allied operations that are occurring currently and that we are actively engaged in now, have resulted in the ability to support the Kurds, the Shias, and the other folks on our side, shall we say, in making gains that they may not have been able to make otherwise. You alluded to our strike.
I wonder if you could give us some observations as to the success of the endeavour so far in our aim to assist the Iraqi government forces.
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CPC (ON)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair, and through you to the witness, thank you for being here this morning.
First of all, I'd like to talk about the Libyan operation and how it differed from other operations such as Afghanistan and the Olympics, in that solely two units or parts of the Canadian Armed Forces were used—air and naval—with no boots on the ground, as it were.
Did CANOSCOM play a part in that, and what part did you play, if any, in that operation?
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