Halifax, November 28 (CINEWS): The recently concluded three-day international security conference in Halifax was Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s first major public event in his new position.
He recognized the quick response of officials in Canada to several bomb threats that caused three planes to be searched in Halifax this week pointing that it showed just how well the country and its partners are able to respond to emerging security incidents.
Speaking in Halifax at the conclusion of a three-day international security conference, Sajjan said despite the geographic separation between Canada and recent militant targets overseas, Canadians need to remain vigilant in the face of such threats.
“We need to trust in our security forces, from the police all the way to the military, and trust in our system to be able to manage the level of threats, as we’re doing that on a daily basis,” he said.
Finding the connections between terrorism, criminality and social issues will be crucial to staying ahead of threats and addressing them, he said.
“How we connect those dots is going to be key,” Sajjan said. “And get better at finding the indicators early on so we can deal with the threat when it’s at its infancy. That’s how we’re going to be able to move forward. And Canada is very good at that.”
Sajjan also reaffirmed the government’s commitment to bringing 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the new year. He met U.S. officials on Saturday to compare and discuss policies.
U.S. senators attending said they should be able to work out a strategy with Canada as the new Liberal government moves forward with plans to halt aerial bombing of ISIS in the Mideast.
Top security officials from around the world, including military, government and business leaders, spent the weekend in the city attending the Halifax International Security Forum.
The annual conference usually covers a broad range of international conflicts. This year, with nearly 300 delegates from at least 60 countries discussing global security issues, the topics are focused on the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and the Syrian refugee crisis.
Sajjan said the conversation will continue in meetings with NATO and coalition partners going forward.
He kicked off the final day of the conference by leading a five-kilometre run. Ꮠ