Canada can do more to help Ukraine
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This article was published 27/04/2022 (398 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Canadians have been deeply disturbed by the horrors unfolding in Ukraine as cities are destroyed and innocent civilians have been tortured, sexually abused, and killed.
Putin’s unprovoked, illegal attack and invasion of Ukraine is the first major European war between countries since the Second World War. This is a serious violation of the international rules-based order.
The people of Ukraine have shown great courage and determination to fight for their freedom and sovereignty. We must stand with Ukraine – it is a moral duty.
Over five million refugees have fled Ukraine. Many people in our community have friends and family who live in Ukraine, and they are praying their loved ones get out safely.
Canada’s Conservatives are calling on the federal government to act. We must do more to support Ukraine with defensive weapons to protect their country and work together with our allies to do more to secure Ukraine’s airspace. At a minimum, the airspace over humanitarian corridors must be protected so that Ukrainians can seek safe passage away from the war zones and to allow humanitarian relief to reach areas under siege.
This is also a time to reflect on Canada’s ability to defend our own sovereignty. Canada, like Russia, borders the Arctic Ocean.
I have questioned the Prime Minister and the minister of defence in the House of Commons regarding Canada’s emergency preparedness should Putin and the Russian regime follow through on threats to retaliate against countries supporting Ukraine.
Canadians have every right to know what our emergency preparedness capabilities are if the Russian regime were to launch a major cyber-attack, move in on our Arctic territory, or worse.
The government must develop a robust plan to defend Canada’s security and sovereignty; modernize NORAD’s early warning system; fix Canada’s broken military procurement system; purchase F-35 jets; and reform the pipeline approval process. Access to energy resources is vital to Canadian and European defence and security.
Canada’s Conservatives believe Canada must strengthen our national defence to ensure the security of our territory and the safety of all Canadians. Canada must also continue to support Ukraine and the defence of their sovereignty. This is a pivotal moment in history. What Canada does matters.
I want to thank the local community for being so generous in their support of Ukraine. I know many of you have donated to organizations efforts to bring Ukrainian refugees to safety.
Kildonan-St. Paul constituency report
Raquel Dancho is the Conservative MP for Kildonan-St. Paul.