Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper finally unveiled his decision and plan to send six CF-18 fighter jets for up to six months to battle Islamic extremists. Mr. Harper revealed his plans during a speech while addressing the House of Commons, also giving a justification over why Canada needs to join other countries in a combat mission against ISIS.
In addition to that, Mr. Harper stated that Canada also plans to send surveillance aircraft and refuelling tanks as part of the mission. He mentioned during the speech that “being a free rider means you are not taken seriously.” Harper alleged that that these measures are part of a “counter-terrorism” plan to defeat ISIS, which has been growing in strength in Iraq and Syria in recent months. Furthermore, Mr. Harper also explained Canada’s plans for humanitarian measures to assist the thousands of refugees in the region.