Defence minister says anti-IS coalition meeting is one of many

Harjit Sajjan won’t say why Canada was not invited to an anti-IS coalition meeting this week in Paris


SAINT ANDREWS, N.B. – Canada’s defence minister says there are meetings all the time to discuss threats around the world, but isn’t saying why Canada was not invited to an anti-ISIL coalition meeting this week in Paris.

Counterparts from France, the U.K., Germany, Italy, Australia and the Netherlands will meet Wednesday with U.S. Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter to discuss the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Asked why Canada was not invited, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says there are meetings on the subject all the time.

He also says he’ll attend similar meetings soon in Brussels.

Sajjan says he has a good sense of what’s happening on the ground, and the Paris meeting is just one of many.

He says the coalition is not just looking at the current situation in Syria and Iraq, but is also looking at the overall threats around the world.


Defence minister says anti-IS coalition meeting is one of many

  1. So much for Canada doing “more than its part.”

  2. It’s a shame really.

    Sajjan would have been very helpful at such meetings, as he has real experience on the ground fighting terrorists.

    Got to give him credit though. He knows the reason he didn’t get an invite was because of Trudeau’s stated intent of running away from the fight; but Sajjan remained stoic at least.

  3. Perhaps Canada wasn’t invited because of the recent killings of Quebecker humanitarians by terrorists. The RCMP have been dispatched overseas to help and obviously the government might want to re-think its stance on what role it is willing to play now that the pain has hit a little closer to home. Maybe the international coalition is giving this govt. time to do that.

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