There are reports that Canada has not been invited to a meeting of defence ministers in Paris to discuss the ongoing fight against ISIL this week.
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s office has confirmed to the Globe and Mail and CBC News that he will not be attending Wednesday’s meeting.
While Canada will not be present, reports say defence ministers from the United States, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Australia and the Netherlands will take part in the talks.
The parliamentary secretary to Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion, Omar Alghabra, told the CBC it wasn’t a surprise as those seven countries meet regularly without Canada and the only thing different this time is that defence ministers will be in attendance.
Sajjan spokesman Renee Filiatrault told the Globe and Mail that Canada’s plan to pull its CF-18s from the fight against ISIL had nothing to do with Canada’s exclusion from the meeting.
Conservative defence critic James Bezan responded to Canada’s exclusion saying the apparent snub shows Canada is no longer seen as a valuable ally.