Selkirk, MB – James Bezan, Shadow Minister for National Defence, issued a statement following a media report that the Trudeau government is looking to spend up to $500 million on new uniforms for the Canadian Armed Forces:
“The decision to replace uniforms for the Canadian Armed Forces is not one that should be taken lightly. It must be made in consultation with troops to ensure they are equipped with what they need to serve on the battlefield.
“Right now, it’s unclear why uniforms need replacing. It appears from media reports that the move is being considered mostly for aesthetic purposes. If this is the case, Justin Trudeau should intervene and stop it.
“It is also unclear if a new design would be created with input from manufacturers and suppliers in Canada, or if it will undergo the same rigorous scientific testing that was done with the current uniforms. This is reminiscent of a decision made by the previous Liberal government to send our troops into the Afghanistan desert wearing green uniforms that were completely inadequate for the mission.
“The safety and security of our troops should be top of mind for any government. Canada’s Conservatives will ensure that those who serve our country day in and day out are equipped with the necessary resources to meet the needs of the Canadian Armed Forces.”