The Canadian government earlier this year said it bore “no responsibility” to provide military help to European nations struggling to deal with the thousands of migrants crossing the Mediterranean as they fled fighting in Syria and crushing poverty in Africa.
Many were paying human smugglers based in Libya, but such voyages at times ended in tragedy. After 400 migrants drowned in April, Italy’s foreign minister, Paolo Gentiloni appealed for international help in dealing with the crisis. He pointed out his country’s navy was bearing the brunt of rescuing migrants.
Department of National Defence sources say Canada’s military could have responded, as a …read more
Source: Ottawa Citizen