Canada’s Defence minister says this country’s role in the fight against ISIS will change very soon.
Speaking to CKNW’s Simi Sara today, Minister Sajjan says he is going to present the Prime Minister with solid options to change Canada’s current role.
He confirmed airstrikes will be ending. but says Canada will be helping fight ISIS and other global terror threats in many different ways.
“There will be changes, there will definitely be enhancements in a substantial way. Some things will be noticeable to Canadians, and some things won’t be unless you’ve been in that environment.”
Still an ally in fight against ISIS
He says Canada remains a full partner in the coalition fight against the militant Islamic group, while also broadening its focus to tackle global terror threats before they become larger problems like ISIS.
Despite not being included on the invitation list to a coalition meetings in Paris, Canada’s Defence minister say we are still a staunch ally in the fight against ISIS.
Harjit Sajjan says it wasn’t a snub.
“We have a great relationship with our allies. I was able to get into the region and find out what was going on. So meetings happen all the time. I have a very high level meeting coming up in Brussels. Then we have the NATO security conference as well. So I think a lot has been made of this actual meeting.”
Re-evaluating the threats
He says we also were involved with and provided support to the investigation of the Burkina Faso terror attacks.
“We have to very mindful of the tentacles that ISIS is trying to reach around the worlds, into places like Egypt, Libya, we look at Burkina Faso, the attacks that Al Shabab are doing. So not only am I looking at the current situation, I’m trying to now look at the threats around the world.”
He says his team is looking at how to prevent other conflicts and other situations, and preventing ISIL from actually becoming a cohesive network around the world.
“We need to look at where politically we could have done more to prevent some of these problems from becoming so big.”
Sajjan says Canada has tremendous capability to engage in the wider fight around the world.