In the face of this direct threat to Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence, Canada must use all of the tools available as a country to defend Ukraine and Europe against a vicious authoritarian onslaught. While Conservatives continue to support the actions taken to date by the Government of Canada, we recognize that more can, and should be done and we call on the government to take additional actions immediately.
The cost of not supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty is too great. It means that dictators and autocrats around the world can redraw lines on a map by force, and get away with it. This is a pivotal moment in history. What Canada does now matters.
History has shown that capitulation to President Putin’s aggression in Eastern Europe has only led to more military action by Russia. In order to stop President Putin, Canada must show strength and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Ukraine and other Eastern European allies. Conservatives have a track record of standing up for Ukraine and other allies in the region in the face of Russian aggression. We were the first Western country to recognize Ukraine as a sovereign nation, negotiated a free trade agreement with Ukraine, and implemented a military training mission, Op UNIFIER, with Ukraine in order to support their sovereignty and territorial integrity. Conservatives also led the way with the toughest sanctions in the world against those responsible for Russia’s aggression.
Canada’s security is inextricably tied to that of NATO and Europe. Canada’s Conservatives will be a voice for Canadians who want their government to stand up for the safety and security of Canada and stand up for our values on the international stage by supporting Ukraine and our NATO allies in the face of Russia’s escalating aggression.