Sovereignty, Defence, and security

Canada must return to the steady, humble, reliable nation that has defined us as a trusted partner and ally. As a founding nation of NATO 70 years ago, Canada committed to safeguard the freedom of its peoples, the principles of democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law.

To honour that commitment we must define a comprehensive foreign policy that recognizes the turbulent times in which we live. The threats we face today are different from those we faced in the 20th Century. In many ways they are more complex. But any solution continues to require strong partnerships of like-minded and confident nations, devoted to the protection and advancement of our values.

Now is not the time for complacency, fear or retreat. Now is the time for courage, alliances and strength – we must prepare for the coming storm and face the challenges head on.

I encourage you to click through the links below to see what I have been doing as the Member of Parliament to ensure this important federal priority is heard in the riding and in Ottawa.

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Assessing the real cost of selling Canada

June 17, 2020

Canada must be clear-eyed about the implications of foreign takeovers of Canadian companies, not only during the current pandemic but in the long term in the new post-COVID-19 world.

Defending Canada’s Arctic Sovereignty and Nation Building for the Future

June 8, 2019

In 1867, Canada embarked on a great nation building project. We united as a country and built a railway that connected the country from east to west, bringing security and opportunity to what has become a vital heartland of our nation. It wasn’t easy. It took great leadership, courage and sacrifice – but much of the economic success Canada enjoys today would not have been possible without it. Today it is our Arctic that holds the potential for economic growth through trade, infrastructure development, natural resources, and potential maritime shipping routes that will position Canada for continued prosperity in the next century. But we are not the only ones who see the value in what our...

 New Year, New Roles

February 9, 2019

 I have learned over the years that service takes many forms.

I began my career serving as an Air Force Officer in the Royal Canadian Armed Forces. I was proud to serve my country as an Officer, and in 2015 you gave me the opportunity to serve my country again, but this time as your Member of Parliament. A few months in to my term, I was honoured to have been asked to serve as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement.

As Parliamentary Secretary I enjoyed every minute...

My Duty, My Decision

September 17, 2018

After careful and deliberate consideration, I must withdraw from the government benches to take my seat among the ranks of my Conservative colleagues and join Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition whose role it is to challenge and hold the government to account.

The Leader of Her Majesty’s opposition is committed to delivering foundational changes to strengthen Canada’s economy, and a comprehensive foreign and defence policy that ensures our global competitiveness and security.

Conservatives Call on Government to Strengthen Cyber Security and Protect Critical Infrastructure from Cyberattacks

April 24, 2020

Ottawa, ON – Today, Pierre Paul-Hus, Conservative Shadow Minister for Public Safety, Border Security and Emergency Preparedness, and Leona Alleslev, Deputy Leader and Conservative Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, called on the Public Safety Minister to bolster Canada’s capacity to combat cybercrime and protect Canadians, federal institutions, and critical infrastructure, including hospitals and medical research labs, from increasing waves of cyberattacks from both criminal outfits...

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NATO Parliamentary Assembly Report- 2019

ANTI-SUBMARINE WARFARE: REBUILDING CAPABILITY, PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE

October 13, 2019

In recent years, Allies have seen a sizeable increase in Russian submarine patrols in NATO areas of operation. As Admiral James G. Foggo III, current Commander of the US Naval Forces Europe and NATO Joint Force Command Naples, has argued, “Russian submarines are prowling the Atlantic, testing our defences, confronting our command of the seas, and preparing the complex underwater battlespace to give them an edge in any future conflict”.

While Russia may be the most immediate submarine threat to the Alliance, other submarine trends should concern Allies as well. China’s expanding global forays go hand-in-hand with increasing defence investments, including submarine modernisation. And North Korea seeks to develop submarines armed with sea-launched ballistic missiles too. 

Regrettably, NATO faces a severe shortfall of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. This special report thus squarely focuses on the need to rebuild NATO’s ASW assets in the short and long term. 

Aurora Legion's Remembrance Day Dinner

November 3, 2018

AURORA – This year marks the 100th anniversary of Armistice, the beginning of what has become our act of remembrance. On the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 the guns fell silent marking one of the most deadliest wars in human history. Over 61,000 Canadians died and over 170,000 were wounded...

Opposition Motion – Terrorism & National Security

October 22, 2018

OTTAWA – Mr Speaker, a month ago I stood in this house deeply concerned for the future of our country. Today I rise again, to speak on the government’s failure to address the priorities of our time.

 

Canada is a nation of peace. After two devastating world wars, we committed to concrete actions to achieve global peace and security. We were a founding member of the United Nations, and the North Atlantic...

Young Leaders Youth Forum

April 2018

WARSAW – We are here today to exchange ideas and experiences from someone like me, a Canadian Member of Parliament, with all of you – the bright young minds and future leaders from across Poland.

NATO Association of Canada Summer Soiree 2018

July 19, 2018

TORONTO – I want to thank the NATO Association of Canada for inviting me here today. And for everything they do educate and engage Canadians about NATO and ensure that we have informed citizens who are able to contribute to our discussions on Canada’s defence and security and our role on the world stage! And thank you to the NATO Association of Canada interns – who I know were instrumental in organizing this incredible event. And thank you – to all of you here on this beautiful summer evening who have taken the time to discuss Canada’s security...

NATO Parliamentary Assembly Report- 2020
Defence Innovation

November 20, 2020

This special report provides a brief overview of the challenges that the Alliance is facing on the defence innovation front and how member nations and NATO as an organization have begun to tackle the issue. Your rapporteur also outlines some of the challenges Allies are facing in implementing innovation and presents ideas of how NATO could increase its value added to addressing these. 

 NATO Parliamentary Assembly Report- 2017:

Maintaining NATO's technological Edge

October 8, 2017

The transatlantic Alliance finds itself in a new and dynamic strategic reality that is markedly different from the post‑Cold War era. Russia has decided to position itself as a strategic competitor to NATO again. China is rising as a great power. And both are challenging the established international order in a number of ways. Moreover, other emerging economies are gaining greater clout, and the terrorist threat continues unabated. Global trends, such as demographic and economic shifts, the proliferation of advanced conventional and unconventional weapons, pressure on scarce resources and the changing nature of conflict, add to the complex geopolitical and operational environment for future NATO actions.

 NATO Parliamentary Assembly Arctic Conference  

September 11, 2017

I am sure it is not news to all of you that we currently find ourselves in an unprecedented time of global instability. The value of international alliances is being questioned, long standing trade agreements are being challenged, and we are seeing what John Manley coined a “tectonic shift” in power dynamics on the global stage. Some would go as far to say that the world is the most unstable it has been, both from an economic and defence and security perspective, since the end of the Second World War.

And yet the question of whether or not NATO is still relevant...

 NATO Association of Canada 2017 Summer Soiree

July 31, 2017

I am sure it is not news to all of you that we currently find ourselves in an unprecedented time of global instability. The value of international alliances is being questioned, long standing trade agreements are being challenged, and we are seeing what John Manley coined a “tectonic shift” in power dynamics on the global stage. Some would go as far to say that the world is the most unstable it has been, both from an economic and defence and security perspective, since the end of the Second World War.

And yet the question of whether or not NATO is still relevant...

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