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Bringing Principled Canadian Leadership back to the World Stage

May 17th, 2022

VANCOUVER – Conservative Leadership Candidate Scott Aitchison would reestablish Canada’s commitment to upholding global security, advance economic opportunities with trading partners, and recommit to defending human rights and democratic governance around the world. These are the key priorities included in Scott’s plan, Real Leadership on The World Stage, detailing his vision for Canada’s foreign policy and national defence.

Acting with real leadership on the world stage, a Conservative Government led by Scott Aitchison would invest more in Canada’s Armed Forces, meeting the 2% of GDP NATO commitment and join their efforts to enhance global security through the AUKUS alliance. 

An Aitchison government will ban Huawei from our 5G networks. As a result of Justin Trudeau’s dithering and delays, Scott’s cabinet will also work with our security experts to review any security threats this delay has caused and move swiftly to address them.

“The years of hitchhiking for a piggyback on our partners’ efforts must end,” said Scott. “What we see Russia doing in Ukraine, and the instability China continues to sow in the Asia-Pacific, requires Canada to invest in our Armed Forces and advance our values to maintain global security.”

Standing up for freedom around the world, an Aitchison government would recognize Taiwan as the independent, sovereign, and democratic country that it is, as well as support their bid to join the CPTPP trade agreement. “Taiwan today is a sovereign democratic country, a beacon of openness, democracy, respect for human rights, and a case study in the benefits of a market-based economy open to trading with the world. It is time for Canada to recognize this reality,” said Scott.

A Conservative Government led by Scott would also see Canada’s Embassy in Israel moved to the country’s capital of Jerusalem and renew Canada’s commitment to our ally, the world’s sole Jewish state and only stable democracy in the Middle East.

These are the main priorities Canada must advance to keep Canadians secure, create more economic opportunity, and advance human rights and democratic governance around the world. It’s the right approach to advancing Canada’s interests and values with real leadership in Ottawa that helps bring the best of Canada to the world and unites Canadians.

BACKGROUNDER: Real Leadership on The World Stage

A plan for Canada’s Foreign Policy & National Defence

Scott Aitchison believes these are priorities Canada must advance to keep Canadians secure, create more economic opportunity, and advance human rights and democratic governance around the world.  This is a real plan and it is the right approach to protect Canada’s interests and demonstrate real leadership on the world stage. Lets bring a new approach to Ottawa that delivers results for the people and unites Canadians.

The right approach to defence and foreign policy to advance Canada’s interests at home and around the world will advance three key priorities:

  1. Keep Canadians Safe and Secure
  2. Advance Economic Opportunities 
  3. Defend Human Rights and Democratic Governance Around the World

To keep Canadians safe and secure, Scott will:

  • Meet our commitments to our NATO allies and spend 2% of our GDP to build up Canada’s Armed Forces.
  • Fix military procurement and end the decades-long processes that deliver nothing for our Armed Forces.
  • We will invest in defending our Arctic sovereignty, integrated defence, and modern equipment for our Armed Forces.
  • Ban Huawei from our 5G networks and work with our security experts to review any threats caused by Justin Trudeau’s dithering and delays.
  • Work with our partners to determine how Canada can best contribute and join the new AUKUS alliance formed by the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

To advance economic opportunities for Canadians, Scott will:

  • Work to get Canadian energy to global markets, including oil, gas, and nuclear technologies. We can meet the world’s energy needs, create economic prosperity at home, and reduce emissions around the world.
  • Scrap Pierre Trudeau’s supply management system to open up more markets for Canadian products around the world.
  • Support Taiwan’s bid to join the TPP agreement to expand trade opportunities in the Asia-Pacific.

To defend human rights and democratic governance around the world, Scott will:

  • Move Canada’s embassy in Israel to their capital, Jerusalem
  • Partner with our allies to ensure we are countering Iran’s ongoing threats, including their threat to annihilate the world’s only Jewish state.
  • Recognize Taiwan as the independent, sovereign democratic country that they are.
  • Work with our allies and trade partners to welcome Taiwan into the TPP and support their efforts to join international bodies like the World Health Organization, INTERPOL, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.