January 28, 2016 12:47 pm
Updated: January 28, 2016 2:31 pm

Canada can’t agree to all allied requests in ISIS fight: Dion

Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion answers a question during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa , on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.


OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion says Canada will have to say no to some of the requests that its allies are making in the fight against Islamic extremists.

But the minister won’t say if some coalition members have asked Canada to keep its fighter jets in Iraq and Syria.

Dion is discussing Canada’s future contribution to the mission against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at a major gathering of foreign affairs experts.

He insists the new Liberal contribution will be meaningful.

The Liberals plan to withdraw Canada’s six CF-18 fighter jets from the US-led bombing coalition, which has sparked criticism from Opposition Conservatives.

Dion will not say when the government will announce its new plan, but he says there would be no gap in Canada’s contribution to the air war in the meantime.

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