Canada supports USA missile strike in Syria: PM

Trudeau disclosed the discussions during a long-awaited statement Friday in the House of Commons following Thursday's strike, Trump's response to a gruesome chemical attack Monday in Syria that killed more than 80 civilians. During the meeting, the Prime Minister indicated that Canada fully supports this "limited and targeted intervention" by the United States to deter Bashar al-Assad's regime from further chemical attacks on innocent civilians.

Trudeau said that about an hour before the U.S. attack, U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis called Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, who then briefed the prime minister.

"We were informed about an hour before the USA began military strikes against Syria". Do you support unilateral strikes, which goes against your own worldview, but to deter the use of chemical weapons, which, obviously, we don't want to be used again?

"This is a war crime and the worldwide community must stand firmly against such things", he said after a day of meetings in NY. The attack was the first direct US assault on Syria and the government of President Bashar al-Assad in the six-year war there. At the same time, the importance of finding diplomatic solutions for the situation in Syria was reiterated.

In a written statement issued earlier this morning, about 12 hours after the United States strikes, Mr. Trudeau officially gave his support to the USA intervention.

Global Affairs issued a corresponding statement saying Canada "continues to condemn in the strongest of terms chemical weapons attacks against Syrian civilians" and that Canadian officials have "been in touch" with their USA counterparts.

"There would be no role for (Assad) to govern the Syrian people", Tillerson said, reversing his own statements of a few days earlier. These gruesome attacks can not be permitted to continue with impunity.

This photo provided Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by the Syrian anti-government activist group Edlib Media Center, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian doctor treating a child following a suspected chemical attack, at a makeshift hospital, in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, northern Idlib province, Syria.

"This morning I spoke with the president directly and emphasized that Canada agrees that Assad's repeated use of chemical weapons must not continue", Trudeau said during question period.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada "fully supports" the United States' missile attack on a Syrian airbase Thursday night.

He also said Canada will continue to back diplomatic efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis.

"The global community can not sit idly by while deadly nerve toxins are unleashed on innocent civilians", Ambrose said.

The Conservatives criticized the UN Security Council, where Syrian ally Russian Federation holds a veto, as "woefully ineffective" in attempts to bring the seven-year civil war to an end.

"Contrary to the prime minister's beliefs, the United Nations Security Council has proven itself woefully ineffectual when it comes to resolving the Syrian conflict", she said.

Mr. Trudeau, who has made himself the apostle of multilateralism since taking office in 2015, was at United Nations headquarters yesterday in NY to meet with new Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who has been in office since January 1.

  • Leroy Wright