Canada to push for new peacekeeping pledges, but yet to fulfil its own
Canada intends to encourage countries at a November peacekeeping summit to follow its example and rise to a “new level” of ambition in the commitment of troops and equipment to the world’s trouble spots, federal documents show.
The intention is contained in the Liberal government’s “objectives and themes” for the gathering of defense ministers, scheduled to take place in Vancouver Nov. 14-15, released to CBC under access to information laws.
The document sketches out an ambitious conference plan that, on the surface, tackles many of the long-standing concerns of both the United Nations and the countries that contribute troops to missions.
However, the idea Canada would hold itself up as a model when it has yet to fulfil its own often-hyped pledge of 600 troops and 150 police officers was greeted with dismay by a leading expert on the subject and among those in the diplomatic community who’ve been lobbying for greater Canadian support.