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MP Gallant Hosts Defence Policy Meeting

July 15, 2016

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 ...


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MP Gallant Challenges Liberals on Their Treatment of Soldiers

June 17, 2016

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 ...


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Soldiers Put at Risk

June 9, 2016

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. ...


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MP Gallant Pays Tribute to 450 Helicopter Squadron in House of Commons

June 3, 2016

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 ...


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MP Cheryl Gallant Questions Defence Minister on Medical Release

May 18, 2016

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’ ...


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Former 427 Squadron Commander Major-General Christopher Coates Greets MP Cheryl Gallant at NORAD Headquarters

May 9, 2016

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 ...


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Defence Cuts Risk Lives

April 22, 2016

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 ...


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MP Cheryl Gallant Question Government’s commitment to protecting our Troops

April 22, 2016

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.


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MP Gallant Questions Liberal Government on Military Funding Cuts

April 22, 2016

ON Wednesday, I asked the Liberal Government to explain their decision to return the Canadian Armed Forces to the decade of darkness.


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MP Gallant Questions Defence Minister in Committee

March 11, 2016

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.


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