Canada Ends Combat Role Against ISIS - Carlos GaminoBy Carlos Gamino

This year’s Canadian election saw the country’s largest voter turnout in over 20 years, with over 39.5 percent of the popular vote going to new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of the Liberal Party of Canada. He replaced conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who resigned as his party’s leader after being defeated in the election.

Trudeau promised some major changes in foreign policy during his campaign, and now that he has taken office, the new PM seems intent on following through. Besides vowing to legalize marijuana and to introduce environmental reform laws, Trudeau also declared that Canada’s military will no longer actively engage ISIS.

What Canada Has Done in the Fight Against ISIS

In November 2014, former Prime Minister Harper began conducting aerial bombing campaigns in Iraq at the behest of the United States. In April 2015, Canada was the first country to bomb key targets in Syria.

Although over 1,000 Canadian aircraft were used against ISIS in October 2015, Trudeau recently informed President Barack Obama that Canada will stop participating. The White House responded with hopes that Trudeau would reconsider his position; his administration hasn’t released a specific date to end the bombing campaigns.

Trudeau has made it clear that Canada’s military will continue to train the armies of other nations so that they may adequately defend themselves against ISIS. In addition, Canada will continue to participate in various humanitarian roles, and the country is opening its doors to tens of thousands of Syrian refugees.

What Do You Think?

With Canada ending its combat role in the fight against ISIS, will more responsibility fall on the United States’ shoulders? Should our government put pressure on the Canadian government to continue offensive military campaigns on the terrorist organization?

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Carlos Gamino