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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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MP Gallant Questions Government on CF-18 Withdrawl

March 11, 2016

On March 8th, 2016, I rose in Question Period to ask the Government how many Canadian Armed Forces members must die before they realize the necessity of air cover.


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MP Cheryl Gallant Highlights Canada’s Female Leadership on International Women’s Day

March 7, 2016

In celebration of International Women’s Day (#IWD2016), I would like to highlight the leading women on the North Atlantic Council (NAC) and on the NATO Parliamentary Association, with both the Canadian representatives to the NAC and the head of the delegation filling important roles as decision makers, based on merit. Men, women, and children, and ...


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MP Cheryl Gallant Elected As Vice-Chair to the Standing Committee on National Defence

February 22, 2016

I’m proud to say that last week, I was elected as the Vice-Chair to the Standing Committee on National Defence. I have sat on the Standing Committee on National Defence since I was first elected to Parliament in 2000. During my time as a member on this important committee, I have played a key role ...


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MP Gallant Questions Liberal MPs during House of Commons debate on ISIL Mission

February 19, 2016

On Friday, February 19th, 2016 the House of Commons was debating the Trudeau Government’s proposal to change our mission against ISIL in Syria and Iraq. During this debate, in addition to giving my own speech, I asked two questions of Liberals MPs, who also happen to be former Canadian Armed Forces Members.


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