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MP Blair Wilson in favour of bringing more skilled workers to Canada

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Wilson promised to look into the issue at the Canadian International Development Agency and provide Wohono with an answer.

Chris Fortin asked about reports of a recent military contract that included $3.4 billion to Boeing for just four new airplanes. "I’m not against having an effective, modern military presence," he said, "but this just sounds like corporate thievery." He added that at the same time military spending south of the border is at a new high, the U.S. government is being forced to cut funding for tourism programs by $4 billion to nothing.

Wilson answered that he has a big issue with the Conservative Party’s military spending.

"You have to start with a strategy. What’s our defence strategy, and what’s our foreign policy strategy?" said Wilson. "If you asked Canadians what they want our military to do, most Canadians would want our military to be peacekeepers. Then you would ask, ‘what kind of kits do peacekeepers need to be effective?’"

Wilson also said that he would like to see a small military base in the region, possibly in Squamish, that could also respond to natural disasters and aid Search and Rescue. If anything serious happened, like a forest fire, the nearest military unit capable of assisting is in Alberta.

Wilson accused the Conservative’s of adopting a Republican strategy for shrinking government – cutting taxes, increasing military budgets, then cutting social services and support for programs like tourism and the environment because of the lack of government revenues.

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