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The newly appointed federal defense minister pays a visit to the troops

newly appointed federal defense minister

Key Takeaways:

  • Anita Anand, Canada’s newly appointed defense minister, visited Canadian Forces Base Edmonton on Thursday morning.
  • Morning to thank the troops for their service during a challenging year and a half.

“You saved our country, and for that, we all owe you a debt of gratitude,” Anand said to about 300 soldiers in her speech. “The work of the Canadian Armed Forces has been critical to Canada’s survival.”

Many personnel of the Canadian Armed Forces has spent the previous year and a half on the main lines of the COVID-19 pandemic response or fire and flood relief in British Columbia.

troops at CFB Edmonton; Image from News WWC

In her speech, Anand stated, “The last year and a half has been difficult on many fronts.” “My first trip to a base out west has been so important, right here in Edmonton,” Anand told News. “I wanted to come in person to thank you.”

Gen. Wayne Eyre, who was named the permanent chief of the defense staff only two weeks ago after his predecessor was investigated for sexual misconduct, joined the defense minister.

The speeches focused on changing the culture of the armed forces.

“We have to reconcile with some issues from our past and change the way we look after ourselves right now so that we can attract and retain talent wherever it may be in Canadian society,” Eyre said in his speech. “I need everyone on board for that because we’re going to change it.” We’re going to make our company more welcoming.”

Source: Global news

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