Taking the fight to ISIS

Next month will mark the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge. It is important to remember Canada’s history as a nation that can be counted on to stand and fight against atrocities in the world. Today, the world is facing ISIS, a death cult using rape and violence as a weapon of war, enslaving women and girls and killing religious and ethnic minorities in Syria and Iraq.

Under the previous Conservative government, Canada stepped up and punched above its weight in the fight against ISIS. Last year, Justin Trudeau made a political decision to pull our fighter aircraft out of the fight, making the mission less safe for those on the ground and diminishing our reputation on the world stage as a nation that could be counted on by its allies to fight against this evil.

First and foremost, I believe that if you are sending our young people into a war zone, in whatever capacity, you have a responsibility to ensure they have all they need to remain as safe as possible and to win the fight. Politics should not be a factor.

Secondly, if Canada does not do its fair share, and we don’t back up our words with action, we become relegated to the secondary tier of countries who are asking other countries to do more and more while we do less and less. That is not the Canadian way.

I believe making military decisions based on political factors is wrong. As Prime Minister, I will ensure that we are doing all we can to join our allies to fight the scourge of ISIS and to ensure they are defeated. Our allies have said that this involves our fighter aircraft. What is required is a united and coordinated international effort and I will ensure we are contributing in a manner befitting our proud history of fighting against those who wage war on innocent people. I will never put Canadian lives or the lives of our allies at risk based on political decisions. The sooner we get rid of ISIS, the better for everyone. We owe it to our history and the world to do our best. 

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