Weapons will not end the war in Ukraine

Speaker: Ms. May
Time: 06/02/2023 15:09:15
Context: Question

Ms. Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands, GP): Mr. Speaker, today, February 6 finds us 18 days away from a horrific anniversary. I do not know how the rest of my colleagues in this place feel, but on February 24, 2022, who could have believed that in this day and age there would be a land war in Europe and that Vladimir Putin would do the unthinkable, threaten nuclear arms and attack Ukraine.

Could the Prime Minister tell us what Canada is doing to press for peace talks and to press for a negotiated solution? Arms will not end the war.

Hon. Anita Anand (Minister of National Defence, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, since the very beginning, Canada has stood shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine.

Since 2015, Canada has trained over 34,000 Ukrainian armed forces members. We have put on the table over $5 billion of military aid. We will stand with Ukraine in its fight for security, solidarity and sovereignty in the decision relating to peace, and Ukraine’s future will come from Ukraine itself. Canada will be there all along the way.