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Should Canada Send Weapons to Ukraine?

The Canadian government held a special debate to discuss Ukraine’s request to send more money and weapons to support NATO operations in eastern Europe.

Minister Anand told reporters in Ukraine that “we are definitely considering the further support that we can provide in this area… Decisions are ongoing,” she said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the House of Commons on Monday night that Canada remains “steadfast” in its support of Ukraine.

Last week, Trudeau’s government decided to add 60 personnel to Operation UNIFIER in Ukraine. That is on top of the 200 soldiers that are already stationed there.

Ottawa recently expanded and extended its military mission to help train Ukrainian troops. The government has also provided a $120 million loan to Ukraine in addition to non-lethal aid.

However, the Conservatives are questioning why Canada has not yet sent “lethal defensive weapons” as allies like the U.S., UK, Poland and the Czech Republic have done.

O’Toole condemned the Canadian government for pulling family members of Kyiv embassy staff out, saying the Trudeau government has offered only “hollow words” and not the weapons Ukraine has asked for.

According to O’Toole, “Canada is missing in action.”

James Bezan, the Conservative party’s Shadow Minister of National Defence, says he is disappointed that Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly went to Kyiv and “didn’t offer anything to the government of Ukraine.” Bezan says his party has been calling on the Liberals to deliver weapons to Ukraine for years.

All parties in the House of Commons have agreed that Canada must stand in solidarity with Ukraine however, they can’t seem to agree on the best way to do that.

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