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MP Cheryl Gallant Elected As Vice-Chair to the Standing Committee on National Defence

February 22, 2016

I’m proud to say that last week, I was elected as the Vice-Chair to the Standing Committee on National Defence. I have sat on the Standing Committee on National Defence since I was first elected to Parliament in 2000. During my time as a member on this important committee, I have played a key role […]


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MP Cheryl Gallant Speaks in Parliament Against Government Motion During Parliamentary Debate

February 19, 2016

One of the biggest mistakes this new Government has made in their short time in office has been leaving our troops without the adequate air support the CF-18 Fighter Jets were providing for them. The decision to triple the number of Canadian soldiers on the ground in the fight against ISIL to compensate for our […]


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MP Cheryl Gallant Highlights Risk to Special Forces Troops as a Result of Withdrawing Our CF-18s

February 19, 2016

This morning, I rose in the House of Commons to ask the Minister of Defence a very important question during Question Period. The Liberal government is still not being completely transparent with Canadians with regards to Canada’s contribution to the anti-ISIS mission. The withdrawal of our CF-18 fighter jets, combined with the addition of four […]


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MP Cheryl Gallant Raises Question Over Removing CF-18s from the Fight Against ISIS

February 18, 2016

Today, I was proud to rise in the House of Commons and question the Minister of Defence about the decision to remove the CF-18 Fighter Jets from Canada’s fight against ISIL. This critical decision could mean the difference between life and death for our troops in Iraq, including many of the family and friends of […]


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MP Cheryl Gallant Concerned New Defence Policy of Retreat Comes at a High Price

February 12, 2016

I am adding my voice to the concern the decision to cancel air support for our soldiers on the ground in Iraq jeopardizes their safety and will cost lives. The spouses and children of the Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) are my constituents. I am deeply concerned about the decision to remove air support while […]


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December 2015 Report from Parliament

December 11, 2015

For Canadians who do not believe in co-incidences, it was no co-incidence the announcement by Trudeau in his Throne Speech that our men and women in the service of our Canadian (soon to be dis-armed) Forces would be facing cutbacks to be a ‘leaner’ force was followed by the appointment of Omar Alghabra as Parliamentary […]


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Cheryl Gallant Celebrates Veterans Affairs Commendation for Renfrew’s Dean Black

July 13, 2015

Ottawa, Ontario – Cheryl Gallant, M.P. for Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, was pleased to attend the Minister of Veterans Affairs Ceremony in Ottawa, where Renfrew resident Dean Black was awarded a Commendation from the Honourable Erin O’Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs. “I am very proud join Minister O’Toole, the recipients, their family members and loved ones in celebrating […]


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Cheryl Gallant Welcomes Enhanced Lifetime Support for Injured Veterans and their Families

March 12, 2015

Garrison Petawawa, Ontario – Cheryl Gallant, MP Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, welcomed the announcement of a proposed new financial benefit  aimed at providing financial stability to Veterans who are moderately to severely disabled and their families. “As the Member of Parliament for Garrison Petawawa, the largest army base in Canada, I care about the treatment our soldiers and veterans receive,” […]


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Canadian Soldiers’ Children send Flag Day to Parents Overseas

February 9, 2015

A glimpse of home while deployed is treasured by our military deployed overseas. At the Remembrance Day ceremony at St Francis of Assisi I asked the music teacher Kyle Gleason if he would teach his students the song Waving Flag so that we could video them & send to where we have our Canadian Armed […]


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Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke Well-Represented at Outdoors Event

December 5, 2014

Ottawa, Ontario – Cheryl Gallant, MP was pleased to join Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke riding residents Jason St. Michael (Petawawa), Manager, Canada Operations, Safari Club International; Phil Morlock, President, Outdoor Caucus Association (Spectacle Lake); Angela Darraugh, Administrator, Environmental Affairs, Shimano Canada (Whitney) and Richard White (Renfrew), Zone 5B Director, Ontario Fur Managers Federation, for the Outdoor Caucus Association […]


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