Canada to withdraw fighter jets from US-led coalition

Canada's Prime Minister-designate speaks to US President regarding withdrawal of Canadian fighter jets from US-led coalition against ISIS

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Canada's Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau waves to supporters at a rally in Ottawa, October 20, 2015.

Canada's Prime Minister-designate, Justin Trudeau speaking to US President, Barack Obama on Tuesday said Canada will withdraw from the US-led coalition against ISIS, but will continue providing humanitarian aid and training.
The news of the decision came hours after his Liberal party was victorious over Prime Minister, Stephen Harper in the election.

Trudeau speaking to Obama in his first telephone conversation said he would make good on his election promise and withdraw Canadian fighter jets from the US-led coalition targeting ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

However, he has reportedly assured Obama that he would keep Canadian training forces in northern Iraq.

During Trudeau’s election campaign, he vowed to bring back the CF-18 fighter jets who were set to stay in the region till March 2016. However, a timescale was not given on the return

"He understands the commitment I've made around ending the combat mission," Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa on Tuesday.
According to a senior US administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, both Obama and Trudeau spoke about joint efforts to defeat terrorism.

“We expect Canada will continue to be a valuable contributor to the 65-member global coalition,” noted the US official.

The White House had formerly stated that it hoped the new Canadian government would continue to aid the US-led coalition in its fight against ISIS.

During Trudeau’s election campaign, he had pledged to reduce taxes for the middle class, increase taxes on the wealthiest 1 percent and improve government deficits to boost Canada’s slow economy.

Moreover, Trudeau supports the Keystone XL pipeline, which would send more than 800,000 barrels a day of mostly Canadian oil to Nebraska.

By the end of the year, Trudeau has also vowed to take in an additional 25,000 Syrian refugees.
Justin Trudeau, son of former Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau was victorious on Monday with 39.5 percent of the majority vote in a historical election which saw the highest voter turnout in 22 years. 

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