Canadian CF-18 pilots completed their final airstrike against ISIL last week. The mission ended Monday, as promised by a very obdurate Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, insistent that we need to decompress.
So now we focus on training and spending — in a larger way. Never a penurious prime minister, Trudeau’s plan is actually going to cost more than the airstrikes did. Now all the Liberals have to do is ensure that the ministerial talking points correspond to the ones they send to DND, so they can temper what is becoming a disjointed message that classifies the new role as both “riskier” and “non-combat.”