Conservatives Call for Arms to Be Sent to Ukraine

James Bezan, Shadow Minister for National Defence (left) and Erin O’Toole, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs

NP-UN National Affairs Desk.

James Bezan, Shadow Minister for National Defence and Erin O’Toole, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, on May 25 announced that a future Conservative government led by Andrew Scheer would provide the Ukrainian Armed Forces with lethal defensive weapons originally allocated to the Kurdish Peshmerga, while also appointing a special envoy to the Kurdistan Regional Government.

“More than a year has passed since Justin Trudeau promised to supply the Kurdish Peshmerga in Iraq with Canadian weapons. As a result of the Prime Minister’s failure to show leadership on the world stage, nearly ten million dollars in arms have been sitting in warehouses in Canada and Jordan,” they stated in a release issued that day.

“Meanwhile, Ukraine has made several requests for additional military support from Canada. Rather than allow valuable military equipment to sit in a warehouse, a Conservative government led by Andrew Scheer will supply these arms to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, ensuring that Ukraine is equipped to defend its borders, citizens and sovereignty against Russian aggression,” added the shadow ministers.