Surrey, BC – Dianne Watts, Member of Parliament for South Surrey-White Rock and Official Opposition Critic for Infrastructure and Communities, hosted and facilitated a roundtable discussion and received input from members of the local military, RCMP, veterans, aerospace industry organizations and border security communities as part of the defence policy review. Members of Parliament are holding stakeholder consultations to assist with these discussions.
“Our riding is home to constituents with robust expertise in the defence sector, and it was important that they were able to contribute to the conversation and review of Canada’s defence policy,” says Watts.
“I heard unanimous agreement on a number of issues. In particular the Defence budget clearly needs to be increased to first, meet our NATO commitments, and secondly to provide the military with the resources they require to do their jobs,” says Watts. $3.7 Billion dollars was removed from the Defence Budget when the government tabled its 1st Budget in March of this year.
“Canada needs a robust defence policy to ensure that our men and women in uniform are well-equipped and that our borders are secure,” added Watts. “Roundtables, like the one held last evening, allowed individuals to participate in shaping Canada’s future defence policy.
Anyone wishing to review the presentation, please visit our website at www.diannewattsmp.ca and email any comments to Dianne.Watts@parl.gc.ca
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