Canada will deploy a General of its Armed Forces (CAF) to the city of Adazi in Latvia, a country where hundreds of Canadian soldiers are already stationed to defend Eastern Europe from a Russian invasion.
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Six army officers will accompany the general in question, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday during a joint news conference with his Latvian counterpart Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš, who is visiting Canada.
“Latvia and the Baltic countries are feeling the shadow of their neighbor Russia, but they all continue to maintain a bulwark that protects their democracy and that of Eastern Europe,” Mr Trudeau said.
Reinforcement personnel bring the number of displaced Canadian soldiers in Latvia to 700. The soldiers already present were acting under the aegis of NATO as part of Operation REASSURANCE.
The announcement comes as NATO allies are supplying their weapons to stop Russia expanding its aggression beyond Ukraine.
“We take our defense very seriously, so don’t even think about coming here,” Prime Minister Kariņš warned.
In defense of the central bank
Justin Trudeau has come to the defense of the Bank of Canada and its governor, Tiff Macklem, after repeated attacks by Canada’s Conservative Party (CPC) leader Pierre Poilievre.
“The Canadian banking system, the Canadian Central Bank, the Bank of Canada, is a highly respected institution internationally. She is known not only for her rigor and professionalism, but also for her independence from political machinations that might occur in government,” underlined Mr. Trudeau.
For Mr Poilievre, the Bank of Canada has become the Liberal government’s “cash machine”, printing money on demand and thereby contributing to the rising cost of living.
“I the [M. Macklem] I would therefore replace him with a new governor who would restore a low-inflation policy [et] would protect the purchasing power of our dollar,” he promised at the first official campaign debate.
Cheering on the “respect that people around the world have for the Canadian dollar,” Mr. Trudeau fired an arrow at Mr. Poilievre.
“The fact that there is a candidate for leadership of the second largest party in the House of Commons in Canada who doesn’t understand this or chooses not to understand this is sad, yes. It is a sign of a lack of accountable leadership, but ultimately it is a choice that members of Canada’s Conservative Party face when choosing their own leader.