June 15, 1993 (34th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

Lloyd Axworthy

Liberal

Hon. Lloyd Axworthy (Winnipeg South Centre):

Madam Speaker, a supplementary. For months now we have heard from the Minister of National Defence and the Secretary of States for External Affairs that Canada does not have enough resources to provide more contributions than the peacekeeping.
Oral Questions
This morning the minister of defence authorized the expenditure of $60 million for anti-tank missiles, even though the United Nations Secretary-General in his list of equipment that was put forward as requested for Bosnia does not include any of that kind of equipment.
When are we going to stop making these ad hoc decisions in defence policy? When will we have a clear cut rationale on how our scarce resources will be used? Why is there not a clear definition of how Canada will undertake a new peacemaking role to meet the crisis the United Nations faces today around the world?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT APPOINTMENTS
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