Harper announces expansion of Canadian Armed Forces Reserves

Harper announces expansion of Canadian Armed Forces Reserves

Today Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced measures to strengthen the Canadian Armed Forces reserve force in order to better protect Canada's sovereignty and territorial integrity and to deepen the connection between the Canadian Armed Forces and Canadian communities.

 

Our Government has made the rebuilding of the Canadian military a priority since we took office," Mr. Harper said.  “These measures will provide the Canadian Armed Forces with the strategic depth they need to respond to varied, and sometimes multiple, national and international emergencies and challenges”.

 

The Prime Minister outlined several distinct components of the plan to strengthen the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve Force:

 

  • -Accelerating the expansion of the Primary Reserve from 24,000 personnel currently to reach 30,000 within the next mandate;

  • -Improving training for reservists to respond to domestic emergencies such as floods and forest fires, and enhancing the role of the naval reserve in protecting Canada's coastal and offshore waters;  

  • -Taking steps to streamline and shorten the current reserve recruiting process;

  • -Providing predictable, sufficient and sustainable budgets for reserve units;

  • -Connecting with Canadians by expanding the role of reserve units in ceremonial and other public duties; 

  • -Investing in maintaining effective reserve infrastructure and regional armouries as well as naval facilities in communities across Canada 

 

These initiatives will permit the Canadian Armed Forces to draw on the varied skillsets possessed by Canadians in the private sector who are also anxious to serve their country through service in the military,” said Mr. Harper.  “By shortening the recruitment time and introducing a series of measures to support the retention of skilled reservists, we will ensure that those who wish to pursue a part-time and also long-term career in the Armed Forces are better able to do so.”

As a Member of Parliament I have been proud to stand up in Ottawa on behalf of men and women serving in the Canadian Armed Forces. Today's announcement is another example of our Party's committment to the Canadian military.