OTTAWA – Consultations on the Liberal’s defence policy review launched today are just another example of this government’s delay tactics and are unlikely to impact actual Liberal foreign policy in any meaningful way. In response, James Bezan, Conservative critic for National Defence, and Pierre Paul-Hus, associate critic for National Defence, issued the following statement: “Prime Minister Trudeau’s Liberal government has already made clear that its defence strategy will shift Canada away from “combat capability” towards “peace operations”. They have also clearly signaled they want a “leaner” military, which will undoubtedly result in cuts. With a cut of $3.7 billion in defence spending, last month’s Liberal budget already failed to provide our military with the resources they need and deserve, and clearly showed just how dangerously naïve the Prime Minister is when it comes to the threats posed to Canada. The unfortunate decision to postpone military spending puts the safety and security of Canadians at risk. “We expect the government to conduct these consultations openly and transparently. All views should be accurately reflected in the defence policy review when it is released in early 2017, not just those that reflect the ideological Liberal view of the military. “The brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces put their lives at risk every day to protect our security, our sovereignty, and our freedoms. At a time when terrorist groups such as ISIS are continuing to call for and inspire attacks against Canada and our allies, Canada’s defence policy should be focused on the security of Canada and not vague peacekeeping operations. The Liberal government needs to re-evaluate the threats we are facing and use our military appropriately to prevent harm to Canadians. “The Government of Canada must ensure the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces are equipped to serve Canada’s national security interests, not a set of Liberal platitudes based on nothing more than nostalgia.”