Canada to stop bombing campaign on ISIS


Krist Muñoz-Malavé, Staff Writer

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s new, liberal  prime minister as of October 19th, has announced that, as promised in his campaign “he intends to follow through on his campaign promise to pull the country out of the U.S.-led bombing campaign against ISIS militants in Syria and Iraq,” as stated by CNN.

On October 19th, a day after his win, Trudeau informed reporters that he has spoken to President Obama and “he understands the commitments I’ve made around ending the combat mission.”

According to CNN, Trudeau will not officially be taking over the current, conservative prime minister,  Stephen Harper until the coming weeks, but even so, he can be seen already making steps towards fulfilling the promises he has made to the Canadian people during his campaign.

Canada’s bombing on ISIS began in November of 2014 in Iraq then moved to include Syria in April. However, Justin Trudeau stated that although Canada would still be “a strong member of the coalition” in the fight against ISIS, they would “engage in a responsible way,” CNN reported.

Despite this decision, as stated before, U.S.-Canada relations have been planned to strengthen as opposed to weaken even though Trudeau plans to take Canada in a direction different from the U.S.

President Obama and Trudeau have already made acquaintance as they share that similar views in the topic of climate change. In a phone call, Trudeau told the President that “it’s important to him that Canada engages in a positive way on the environment file on an international stage” as well as that he looks forward to showing that “we have a Canadian government now that understands that the way to build a strong economy is to protect and defend our environment at the same time,” as told by CBC News.

Even though Obama has already begun a strong relationship with the upcoming, new Prime Minister, he does intend to keep stay in good terms with Harper. As a White House spokesman stated, according to CBC News,”Our bilateral relationship has enhanced the security and prosperity of the American people and we certainly are appreciative of Prime Minister Harper’s efforts to strengthen that relationship. We look forward to building on that kind of progress when Mr. Trudeau takes over the Prime Minister’s Office.”

With this, Canada could head into an entirely new direction. However, there is comfort in knowing that even with opposing views the American and Canadian government will remain allies.

(Photo provided by US News.)