BEZAN NAMED CONSERVATIVE DEFENCE CRITIC
OTTAWA, ON - James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman, has been appointed to the Conservative Party's shadow cabinet. Conservative Interim Leader Hon. Rona Ambrose named MP Bezan the Critic for National Defence for the Official Opposition. Bezan recently served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence in the Conservative government. Previous to that he was the chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence.
Mr. Bezan stated: "I am grateful that the Leader of the Official Opposition, Rona Ambrose, has put her trust in me. It is truly an honour to be asked to serve as the Conservative defence critic and to be part of such a dynamic team. I am looking forward to working alongside Pierre Paul-Hus, MP for Charlesbourg-Haute-Saint-Charles who enjoyed a distinguished 22 year career in the Canadian Armed Forces. He will serve as Critic for National Defence (Associate).
"I am proud of our Conservative record and the work we have done in support of the Canadian Armed Forces.
"Canada has a long and proud military history. When possible, we have brought peace to war torn areas. And at times of war, we have stood shoulder to shoulder with our allies and friends. There is no doubt that at this point in time, we need to be standing with our allies in the war against ISIS.
"The horrific attacks in Paris and Beirut, and the bombing of a Russian airliner speaks to the fact that the reach of ISIS goes well beyond Iraq and Syria. Canada and our allies must do everything possible to stop ISIS from carrying out their barbaric jihadist terrorism and establishing their caliphate.
"Ms. Ambrose has said we are prepared to work with the Liberal government when it comes to Canada's national defence efforts. Canada's involvement in the allied air combat mission should be maintained, allowing the Royal Canadian Air Force to provide air support to Iraqi and Peshmerga Security Forces as they carry out the ground war against ISIS. The participation of Canada's CF-18 fighter jets have been very significant, destroying ISIS fighting positions, weapon caches and armourments.
"We are asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to follow the leadership of our Conservative Party and commit to a debate and vote on any changes to Canada's military mission against ISIS. Following the Paris attacks, we will also support a more robust training mission by our Special Operations Forces.
"Despite the recent assurances by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan that Canadians should not fear ISIS, many Canadians are concerned. Let us never forget that ISIS inspired the terrorist attacks last year here at home in St. Jean-sur-Richelieu and Ottawa, claiming the lives of Canadian soldiers, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo.
"It is imperative that the Liberal Government face the new reality and not resort to political expediency to implement campaign promises that are no longer relevant."
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