I recently hosted a forum in Arnprior as part of the ongoing Defence Policy Review Forum. I would like to thank all the participants in today’s discussions. Their wide range of experience and knowledge led to a lively and insightful discussion on the purpose and future of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), public safety, and […]
I challenged the Minister of Defence in Parliament over the liberal party’s disdain for Canada’s Armed Forces. Hansard June 6, 2016 In the Upper Ottawa Valley, every Friday is Red Friday. I ask all Canadians to remember the brave women and men of the CSOR regiment as they proudly represent our nation in the international […]
The Trudeau Government is unnecessarily putting soldiers’ lives at risk for the sake of a few publicity photos. Military families were horrified to read details in the press that would not have been disclosed by our Conservative government, nor should they be. We understood that the bad guys can read just as well as Canadians. […]
Monday, May 30th ,2016 Statements by Members Mrs. Cheryl Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, CPC): Mr. Speaker, it was a historic moment recently for the flight crew of the 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron operating one of Canada’s new CH-147F Chinook helicopters, in responding to the wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron’s home base is […]
During a special sitting of Parliament to examine the budget of the Department of National Defence, I questioned the Defence Minister regarding “universality of service” and the challenge medically released soldiers have when they exit the military. In recent discussions with soldiers, two concerns have been relayed to me. One is the ‘universality of service’ […]
As Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on National Defence, I visited the North American Aerospace Command (NORAD) Headquarters. The visit was a part of the committee’s study of the Canadian NORAD Region and aerial readiness. It was my pleasure to be greeted by MGen Christopher Coates, in his current posting at NORAD. I remember his […]
The decision to cut equipment purchases approved by our previous Conservative Government risks lives. That is my thought when in regards to the decision by the Trudeau Government to withhold funds for equipment like search and rescue helicopters and personal armour protection systems. As the MP whose constituency includes Garrison Petawawa, I pointed out to […]
On Friday in Question Period, I asked the Liberal Government to explain their decision to revoke support of a program which helps protect Canadian Armed Forces soldiers from chemical and biological agents in the field.
ON Wednesday, I asked the Liberal Government to explain their decision to return the Canadian Armed Forces to the decade of darkness.
On March 8th, 2016, the Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, appeared before the Standing Committee of National Defence. I questioned the Minister twice on his Government’s plans for National Security and the Canadian Armed Forces.