TO FIGHT ISIS WE NEED TO IDENTIFY THE ROOT CAUSE: DEFENCE MINISTER HARJIT SAJJAN TALKS TO YMEDIA
MISSISSAUGA – Canada’s Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan while talking to YMedia recently said to fight ISIS one needs to identify the root cause also. The interview was conducted by Yudhvir Jaswal, Group Editor and CEO of YMedia at the campaign office of Mary Ng, Liberal Candidate for Markham Thornhill. Dismissing any fears that USCanada ties can be affected by the new administration in USA, he said that Canada’s relations with the Trump administration are very good. He informed of his recent meeting with his counterpar t US Defence Secretary James Mattis and called him a mature person. He said said it was impor tant “to stop new recruits from joining ISIS otherwise we will keep on fighting against them.” Sajjan who has played an admirable role in Afghanistan, when asked on one side Pakistan holds talks with Afghan Taliban and on the other fights against them, replied talks with Afghan Taliban are necessary but it requires a different strategy to tackle them – like the one employed in Syria and Iraq. There is no one solution to this problem but to apply various methodologies to deal with Afghan Taliban. When asked that US President Donald Trump wants all NATO nations to spend at least two per cent of their GDP on defence, Sajjan said for now Canada is spending one percent of its GDP on defence but reaching a target of two per cent would mean doubling the expenditure that would be difficult at this point. He also informed that Canada is in the process of completing a review of the defence policy that will be unveiled in the next two month. When asked the defence budgets are being cut, Sajjan said once the review of the defence policy is completed, how much budget is required to run operations will be determined only then. Being a role model for youth, he also
gave an inspiring message to youngsters. Full interview can be viewed on Channel Y, available on Rogers 857 and Bell 828.
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before declining to $18.8 billion in 2021-22.
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BUDGET 2017 HIGHLIGHTS: DEFICIT STANDS AT $25.1 BILLION Mettis has also served in the field like him and so reiterated relations between the two countries stand on strong footing. Pointing towards an impending
danger of ISIS, Minister Sajjan