Wednesday: Today in Politics

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Wednesday: Today in Politics

June 7, 2017 6amET

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will unveil the results of the government’s defence policy review in Ottawa. Watch for live coverage at 12:30pm ET / 9:30am PT.

This follows yesterday’s speech by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland on the future of Canada’s foreign policy.

We will make the necessary investments in our military, to not only redress years of neglect and underfunding, but also to place the Canadian Armed Forces on a new footing—with the equipment, training, resources and consistent, predictable financing they need to do their difficult, dangerous and important work. We owe this to our women and men in uniform. We will not let them down, Mr. Speaker. Canada’s broader interest in investing in a capable, professional and robust military is very clear: If middle powers do not implicate themselves in the furtherance of peace and stability around the world, that will be left to the Great Powers to settle among themselves. This would not be in Canada’s interest.

Conservative MPs made a submission to the review process in October 2016. The Senate defence committee has released two recent reports related to the review.

Sajjan spoke to the Conference of Defence Associations in early May about defence priorities:

The March federal budget included the reallocation of $8.48 billion in planned capital spending into the future to “accommodate” procurement of fixed-wing search aircraft and modernization of light armoured vehicles.

Meanwhile, the parties hold their weekly caucus meetings on Parliament Hill.

Bill C-243 is debated at report stage.

MPs have a concurrence vote on a committee report on Bill C-323.

In committee:

-Andrew Thomson