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Canada’s embarrassment at UN peacekeeping conference in Vancouver

Canada failed to deliver on its long overdue commitment to provide up to 600 military and 150 police personnel  for UN peace operations, a pledge it made over a year ago at the 2016 Ministerial conference on peacekeeping.

At the Vancouver Ministerial Meeting on Peace Operations earlier this month, Prime Minister Trudeau, accompanied by Defence Minister Sajjan, Foreign Minister Freeland and International Cooperation Minister Bibeau did offer some new pledges of support.  These include making specialized equipment and personnel available on a case-by-case basis (up to 200 troops and accompanying equipment; an ​a​viation ​t​ask ​f​orce of armed helicopters; and tactical airlift);  joining the “Elsie Initiative” to increase the proportion of women deployed in UN peace operations; and support for a set of non-binding principles on reducing recruitment and use of child soldiers.

Just prior to the Vancouver Ministerial, World Federalist Movement – Canada published a volume of 10 op-ed length essays by leading Canadian experts entitled, “The United Nations and Canada: What Canada has done and should be doing for United Nations peacekeeping.”

The publication and subsequent press releases from WFMC garnered quite a lot of media attention. Some examples::

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