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Canada’s return to UN Peace Operations

Have you been reading the latest issue of Mondial?

The cover story, Canada’s return to UN Peace Operations, is written by WFMC President Walter Dorn with WFMC Board Member Sylvain Pâquet.

In his election eve victory speech, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared something that stoked the imagination of idealists everywhere: “Canada is back.” The old Canada, that impartial friend of the peace-loving population, was declared ready to help those in need around the world.

But where is Canada? It has not yet deployed new forces in UN-mandated peace operations … Even now, more than one year after the election, Canada’s involvement in UN operations remains at an all-time low. Canada currently provides only 28 military personnel among the 92,000 in UN service. And the military now has fewer teaching activities on peacekeeping than it did a decade ago, even though Canada was once the world leader in that sphere.

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