25 September 2009 - Members of the NATO PA Defence and Security Committee visited Canada
A delegation of 25 members of Parliament from 11 NATO member states and Sweden travelled to Canada on 8-11 September for a fact-finding mission hosted and chaired by Canadian Senator Joseph A. Day. The visit took place in the context of Canadian public and media attention being focussed on the repatriation of the remains of two Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
This visit of the NATO PA’s Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Defence and Security Co-operation aimed to better understand Canadian operational commitments, ongoing developments in the defence sector, and the force generation of its military. The Delegation also sought Canadian views on issues of increasing importance to NATO, including cyber security and the High North.
The Canadians notably pointed out that the country has made major contributions to the international engagement in
The meetings were held in Ottawa with senior government and military officials, and the delegation also had the opportunity to visit several important Canadian defence facilities, including the Royal Military College, which included a lively discussion with senior cadets; the Land Force Doctrine and Training System’s Peace Support Training Centre; 8 Wing, Canadian Forces Base Trenton, where the Delegation inspected aircraft including a CC-130 Hercules, CC-150 Polaris and CC-177 Globemaster; and Land Force Central Area/Joint Task Force Central Headquarters.
For further information, please see full report of the visit