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January 23, 2015
WINNIPEG – Mr. James Bezan, MP for Selkirk-Interlake and Parliamentary Secretary of National Defence, addressed the Royal Military Institute of Manitoba in Winnipeg on issues central to national defence, including recent operations and military procurement.
- The Royal Military Institute of Manitoba was formed in 1910 and is comprised of current and former serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Canadian Security and Intelligence Service. Its goals include promoting the military, security forces and the Cadet movement in Canada, recognizing notable Manitobans who support the CAF, and providing its members with information on matters of military importance to Canada.
- The CAF has recently undertaken several high profile operations such as:
- Op IMPACT, the CAF’s support to the multinational coalition against the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the Republic of Iraq;
- Op REASSURANCE, the CAF’s support to NATO assurance measures promoting security and stability in central and Eastern Europe; and
- Op SIRONA, the military component of the Canadian whole-of-government contribution to fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
- In 2014, the Department of National Defence released the Defence Acquisition Guide, which identifies potential procurement projects, while achieving several procurement milestones, including: the delivery of the final CH-147F Chinook medium-to-heavy lift helicopter; the modernization of an additional four CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft; and the completion of the first four fully modernized Halifax-class frigates.
“I am honoured to be invited to speak at the Royal Military Institute of Manitoba in front of such a distinguished crowd. The support that this organization and its members offer to the Canadian Armed Forces in Manitoba and across the country makes me immensely proud and on behalf of the Canadian Armed Forces, the Department of National Defence and the Government of Canada, I would like to offer them our warmest thanks.”
James Bezan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence and M.P. for Selkirk-Interlake
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