The threat of ISIL is very real and affects us all.
ISIL indiscriminately targets women, religious minorities including Christians, and uses online videos of mass executions as a recruiting tool.
Just two months ago in Paris, ISIL militants killed 130 people and injured 360 others.
Last month in San Bernardino California, ISIL agents killed 14 and seriously injured 22 others.
Earlier this week, 25 persons including 6 Canadian humanitarian workers were killed when ISIL terrorists opened fire in Burkina Faso.
Since the Paris attacks in November 2015 France, Great Britain, the United States, Australia, Turkey, Russia and many others have increased their military presence in the region.
They are doing so because this coordinated bombing campaign has been effective at disrupting ISIL’s aggressive expansion in the Middle East.
Only Canada and Prime Minister Trudeau is actively withdrawing from this engagement.
Our allies have noticed.
Last week, President Obama’s Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter noted that: “Any nation that cares about the safety of its people or the future of its civilization must know this — America will continue to lead the fight but there can be no free riders. Many nations are already contributing greatly. Many can do more.”
Secretary Ash is holding a meeting with defence ministers of nations currently fighting ISIL’s aggression — France, Australia, German, Italy, the U.K. and the Netherlands, but not Canada.
Canada not being invited to the table while our CF-18 fighter planes and our soldiers are still bravely defending our interests abroad is a deliberate and is clear evidence that our country is no longer seen as a reliable ally in the fight against global terrorism.
Canada’s Liberal Minister of Defense Harjjit Sajjan has acknowledged in public statements that Canada’s CF-18 warplanes will be missed by our allies in Iraq (to date, Canadian planes have flown over 2,038 bombing, refueling and reconnaissance missions), but is steadfast that they will be withdrawn in short order.
Three months after the election, Liberal Minister Sajjan has stated that his office is still determining what Canada’s future role, if any, in this conflict will be.