20 Jun 2017

UK backs new Canadian Defence Policy

The Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, has welcomed the new Canadian Defence Policy as Canadian Armed Forces personnel took over the Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace.

The weekend saw the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry take over the Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace for the first time in history.

The role will involve 85 soldiers from the unit, as well as musicians from the Royal Canadian Artillery band, who are based at Garrison Edmonton, Alberta.

The Canadian troops will be instantly recognisable by the distinctive French Grey colour on the collar and cuff – known as regimental facings – of their full dress scarlet tunic.

Sir Michael took the opportunity to offer his support to Canada’s new Defence Policy.

He said: “I welcome the new Canadian Defence Policy. Its commitments to remain Engaged in the World, and maintain Canadian contributions to peace and stabilisation, mirror our own.

“I am greatly encouraged by the Policy’s commitment to anuplift in the Canadian Defence budget and new capabilities. In particular, the commitment to invest $108Bn in purchasing and upgrading Canadian Forces equipment, including a full complement of 15 new warships and 88 advanced fighter jets, is a welcome development.

“This is representative of the way that NATO members across the alliance are stepping up to ensure that our collective defence will have the modern capabilities needed in a changing world.”

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