Local MP hosting roundtable discussion on defence

Initiative part of an Opposition strategy to seek broad opinion

Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu is hosting and facilitating a roundtable discussion on the future of the Canadian Armed Forces next Tuesday, March 24.

The event will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 62 (at 286 Front Street N., Sarnia) from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Gladu will be joined by members of the community with ties to the Canadian Forces and veterans organizations to discuss issues facing the military and national security.

MP Marilyn Gladu
MP Marilyn Gladu

As part of its defence policy review, the Government of Canada is encouraging public consultations and has asked Parliamentarians to assist with these discussions.

Conservative MPs have said they will be holding their own set of consultations, at least in part to “ensure that the voices of local stakeholders are taken forward,” Gladu said in a news release.

“Canada faces a constantly changing landscape when it comes not only to the type of and scope of operations that our military conducts, but also in terms of the myriad of policy changes that the Liberal government has stated will be mandated upon the Canadian Forces,” she added. “Already we have seen numerous changes that impact both the operational readiness as well as the morale of our Canadian Forces members, and I want to ensure that local perspectives on these issues are taken forward. As well, there have been a series of decisions in relation to procurement that will set back the Canadian Forces.”

Gladu pointed to the importance of having a defence policy that is reflective of Canadian values.

She is inviting constituents who want to have their perspectives included as part of the official review process to e-mail her (in addition to participating in the March 24 discussion.

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