Canada not at war: Trudeau and Dion
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Mar 23, 2016  |  Vote 0    0

Canada not at war: Trudeau and Dion

OTTAWA — The Liberal government says Canada is not at war with Islamic militants — a view not shared by ally France.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion rejected the "at war" label just one day after the bombings in Brussels that killed more than 30 people and injured 270.

After the attacks, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls used the term Tuesday following a crisis meeting called by French President Francois Hollande.

"We are at war," said Valls. "We have been subjected for the last few months in Europe to acts of war." Added Hollande: "This war will be long."

The bombings in Brussels came four months after the attacks in Paris that left 130 dead.

The militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has claimed responsibility for both incidents.

Trudeau, who made his comments during a CBC Radio interview, and Dion — speaking Wednesday in the House of Commons foyer — both said the conflict with ISIL does not fit the true definition of war.

"A war is something that can be won by one side or the other and there is no path for ISIL to actually win against the West," Trudeau said.

"They want to destabilize, they want to strike fear. They need to be stamped out."

Dion suggested the notion of labelling the fight against extremists as an actual war might simply be outdated.

"If you use the terminology 'war,' in international law it will mean two armies with respecting rules and it's not the case at all," Dion said.

"You have terrorist groups that respect nothing. So we prefer to say that it's a fight."

A fight, Dion added, that the West is determined to win. "Each of the attacks will only strengthen our resolve."

Last month, Canada withdrew its fighter jets from the American-led coalition that is bombing ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

But it tripled the number of Canadian special forces trainers in northern Iraq, buttressed intelligence gathering assets and also increased federal spending on efforts to help displaced civilians.

"That's why our new mission, which is much more focused on empowering locals on the ground on a military level, on a humanitarian level, on a refugee level, is going to be an extraordinarily strong piece of the coalition's fight against ISIL," Trudeau said.

By Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press

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By Wicketkeeper | MARCH 23, 2016 04:37 PM
Our pussy media as usual does not reflect how Canadians feel to hear this statement. They don't ask hard questions, push for answers. Whay have they not put trudeau on the spot asking him if he did not think he was offending Canadians and that it was a reckless insensitive and offensive statement. Why are the cameras not on his Ministers asking them how they will explain this to their constituents. Canadian media is such a pathetic waste of time.
By Brewster | MARCH 23, 2016 03:57 PM
Unicorns and Rainbows, how I wish Harper could wade in between those two buffoons. A pox on the houses of those who voted for Trudeau and his cabal
By Wicketkeeper | MARCH 23, 2016 03:28 PM
Damn Jackass Trudeau !! Speak for yourself. You made our country look like cowards withdrawing support. What did you mean by saying Canada has offered all assistance possible to Belgium. What will you offer, maple syrup?? This warrants your resignation and the country should call for it. I do.
By Li | MARCH 23, 2016 03:19 PM
liberalism is sickening. They are more concerned with "inclusivity" than they are protecting their own country. No wonder Canada is the laughing stock of the world. Thanks again to the 39% who sold out the rest of us and thought weed and immigrants were our top priorities. Explain yourselves to your great grand children....they'll be paying large in more ways than one.
By Jupiter | MARCH 23, 2016 01:51 PM
Please explain. We are not at war with these people, ideology, call it what you want. Does that mean we are wearing peace keeping hats, trying to reach out, dialogue? If the existence or actions of ISIS doesn't anger or upset you, than what would? JPJ is starting to scare me more than ISIS.
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