Why Should Canada Be Involved In ‘Peacekeeping’ When We Can’t Even Defend Our Own North?

Our priorities are totally out of whack.

Following reports that the U.S. is getting fed up with Canada’s anemic military spending, some are concerned that our peacekeeping presence is declining.

Tweeting about a National Post article that says Canada’s ‘peacekeeping contribution’ is at an historic low, Conservative MP James Bezan slammed Justin Trudeau.

“Hey @JustinTrudeau – Canada is not back! Our UN peacekeeping contributions are now at historic lows under your watch! Quit breaking promises and using our troops to impress the UN in your vain attempt to get a seat on the Security Council.”

While Bezan has often been a good advocate for the military, I have to disagree with his criticism here. It’s not a bad thing that Canada’s UN peacekeeping contribution is low. It’s actually a good thing. Canada shouldn’t be doing any peacekeeping at all, especially considering that we can’t even defend our own north.

Bezan has been calling for higher military spending, so he is on the right track there.

But increased military spending must be used to build up our ability to defend our own country, not go on UN missions.

Our north is undefended, while China and Russia build up their forces dramatically in the arctic. With the risk to our national security and sovereignty rising, and with our close ally the U.S. running out of patience with our weak military spending, Canada must immediately take action to strengthen our armed forces and ensure that we can protect our entire territory.

UN missions shouldn’t even be under consideration. Our focus must be our own national defense.

Spencer Fernando

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