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Minister of Defence completes a second fact-finding trip to Africa

Earlier this week Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan completed a second fact-finding trip to Africa, as the Government of Canada recently announced its commitment to send up to 600 Canadian Armed Forces members for deployment on UN peace support operations.

From November 5th to 8th, Minister Sajjan met Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and Senegalese President Macky Sall as well as several ministers from both countries, senior government officials, foreign ambassadors, and representatives from the United Nations.

For the Minister, this was an opportunity to advance Canada’s defence relationship with Mali and Senegal and discuss how our troops could support peace and stability in the region.

“As Canada continues to assess how we can make the most noteworthy contribution to international peace and security, we continue to carefully examine the security situation in Africa. These visits, along with those of my cabinet colleagues, are invaluable in providing us with the information we need about the region and the challenges it is facing from a peace and security standpoint,” said Defence Minister Sajjan.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stéphane Dion, as well as the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, also both visited African nations in the past month – respectively Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia as well as Mali, Senegal and Burkina Faso.

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Genevieve Trudeau Senecal

Genevieve Trudeau Senecal is a military wife, mother of two beautiful little boys and active member of the military family community in Valcartier, Quebec. Genevieve has a Bachelor in Journalism from Concordia University (Montreal) and has studied at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. She has worked several years as a journalist in sports car racing (Montreal) and as a radio host & journalist (near Bagotville) before marrying into the military in 2013. She is now a stay-at-home-mom and volunteers many hours weekly at the Valcartier Family Centre. Geneviève Trudeau Senécal est une femme de militaire, maman de deux merveilleux petit garçons et membre active de la communauté militaire de la base militaire de Valcartier, Québec. Geneviève est détentrice d'un baccalauréat en journalisme de l'Université Concordia (Montréal) et a étudier à l'école des médias et du journalisme du Danemark (DSMJ). Elle a travaillé plusieurs années comme journaliste en sports automobiles (Montréal) ainsi que comme animatrice et journaliste radio (près de Bagotville) avant de se marier en 2013. Elle est maintenant maman à la maison et bénévole active du Centre de la famille de Valcartier.

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