Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, while at the PM Trudeau-led federal government retreat on Tuesday, asserted that Ukraine’s win in the war against Russia in 2023 will be a “big boost” to the global economy at large, as well as Canada’s economy. Freeland, however, echoing other top Federal officials so far, did not say whether Canada would supply Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine or not.
“Canada is absolutely committed to supporting Ukraine and we will be with the people of Ukraine for as long as it takes…As finance minister, let me also add that I really believe that a clear, strategically viable and stable Ukrainian victory this year would be a big boost for the global economy and a big boost for Canada,” Freeland stated while at the retreat.
Germany, according to media reports, faces pressure to not only send its Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, but allow other countries who possess the tanks to do the same. The topic of providing Ukraine with tanks has reportedly been heavily debated in Nato, with many of the member nations also pressing Germany to provide the tanks.
On Monday, the government of Poland stated that it will send tanks to Ukraine after approval of a formal application from Germany, which the latter nation stated it will approve.
It may be pertinent to note that back in 2007, the Canadian Armed Forces acquired 112 Leopard 2s from Germany during the peak of the Afghanistan war.
“That economic battlefield is a very important one…Helping the Ukrainian government to be viable every day, to pay pensions to Ukrainians, to literally keep the lights on is important, and we’re there,” she stated to reporters while at the retreat, adding that she had spoken to PM Trudeau and Defence Minister Anand about the aid to Ukraine.