Ottawa not commenting on sending tanks to Ukraine | War in Ukraine
A dozen countries have Leopard 2 type tanks, made in Germany.
The United States and the #x27;Germany are taking steps to send main battle tanks to Ukraine, but Canada has yet to say if it plans to make a similar move to help the war-torn country.
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly says Canada is working with its allies, but declined to say whether that meant sending armored vehicles to Ukraine.
The Associated Press reports US officials say Washington is close to approving the sending of M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine to help that country fight Russia, while Germany has announced that x27;she would approve a request from Poland to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.
The Canadian Armed Forces has 112 Leopard 2 tanks, and some analysts say Ottawa could only provide a small number without harming its own training and operational needs.
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland also does not say whether Canada wants to send armored vehicles to Ukraine. Nonetheless, Ms. Freeland told reporters at a cabinet retreat in Hamilton on Monday that Ukraine's victory would boost the global economy.
Canada is one of the largest per capita contributors to Ukraine's war effort, partly out of economic self-interest, she noted. This economic battleground is very important, she said. A clear, strategically viable and stable Ukrainian victory this year would be a big boost for the global economy and a big boost for Canada.
Conservative Defense Critic James Bezan has indicated he supports what the Liberals have sent to Ukraine so far and urged them to consider #x27;send other military equipment which will soon be replaced.
According to him, Ottawa should consider sending tanks if it does not compromise the essential needs of the country. Mr. Bezan pointed out that reports to Parliament suggest that dozens of Canada's light armored vehicles are about to be replaced.
We can do more, especially there where we have surplus material, he said in an interview. If we are going to send any of our tanks, we have to make sure there are purchased tanks to replace anything that comes out of this country.
Mr. Bezan recalled that Canada has already made a significant contribution with equipment such as armored personnel carriers, which move soldiers to various combat zones.
He did, however, hint that the Liberals might consider sending light armored vehicles, known as LAVs, if they want to keep pace with their allies sending tanks to Ukraine. If we want to get the Russian army out of Ukraine, that means we need more combat vehicles, and that's where our LAVs become essential in helping Ukraine to win this battle.
But the Ukrainian Canadian Congress is urging the government to do more. The Leopard 2 tanks are crucial for the liberation of all Ukrainian lands under Russian occupation, the group's president, Alexandra Chyczij, underlined in a press release. Congress urges the Government of Canada to join the growing coalition of nations supplying Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks.