Canada's new peacekeeping plans to be unveiled tomorrow in Vancouver

Elias Hubbard
November 15, 2017

Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the undersecretary general for peacekeeping operations, told The Canadian Press on Monday that they're still waiting on a final decision from Trudeau's Liberals.

"I'm extremely pleased to mention that we'll be announcing ... that this is completely lined up corresponds with not only Canadian values and needs, we must additionally observe our own nations positive impact all over the world, yet keeping completely in accordance with the United nations and world, which has indicated its need as well as interest in", he explained.

"Canadians expect Canada to have a strong and positive contribution that makes a real difference and the world expects Canada to make a significant contribution that makes a difference".

He was quoted as saying, "this announcement will concentrate on just how Canada may most effectively make use of its capabilities and know-how to make certain "maximal favorable result, not merely for Canada but, also for all peace-keepers".

It had been broadly anticipated the Liberals might broadcast or make known their intentions to use more peacekeepers possibly prior to or within the summit.

It's been more than a year since the Trudeau government promised up to 600 troops and 150 police officers for United Nations missions.

"Things are moving, and it's not frustrating, it's rather encouraging", he said. "However, I'm very inspired with the most recent advancement". "But then again, I am quite encouraged by the latest evolution".

Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre will represent India at the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Conference being held in Vancouver, Canada, said an official on Tuesday.

But the pledge, expected to be made Wednesday at an global gathering of defence ministers in Vancouver, does not involve a long-awaited commitment to a specific mission, nor will it see large-scale boots on the ground, say the sources.

Trudeau is scheduled to appear at the meeting Wednesday with Lacroix as well as Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

Much of the focus of this week's meeting in Vancouver will be on pledges that different countries make to peacekeeping missions, as well as taking stock of previous commitments.

He said: "This meeting is critical, as ministers will discuss our progress with regard to pledges, how to harness partnerships in peacekeeping and consider issues like the protection of civilians and cross cutting issues of gender, policing and operating in francophone environments".

"Where we have more displaced persons. And we have more hard and risky security environments".

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