: Canada at the forefront of providing assistance to Ukraine
Opinion12:36 Mar. 15, 2016
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Canada at the forefront of providing assistance to Ukraine

Discussing various initiatives with Anne Mattson Gauss, Counsellor at Canada embassy in Ukraine

Canada and Ukraine enjoy significant historical links as well as close diplomatic and economic ties. Ottawa is involved in several large-scale initiatives aimed at supporting the development of Ukraine as a modern democratic nation.

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Anne Mattson Gauss, a Political Counsellor at the Canadian embassy in Kyiv joined us in the Viewpoint studio to discuss some of those programs. She also provides insight into what we can expect from an upcoming visit to Ukraine by the Canadian Defense Minister. 

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The Canadian Defense Minister is set to visit Ukraine on March 14-17. Canadian forces play an important role in training Ukrainian troops

"This presidential training program is scheduled to continue through March 2017. So, it is a significant investment and it is very important that our Minister of Defense come here to see for himself the excellent work that has been done."

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"We have retired Canadian police service officers, serving police officers who come here being able to provide in-service training, leadership training as well for the patrol police. And we've been overwhelmed with success, because of the receptivity that they've shown to learning more, to be able to put this training into practice. So overall it's been a great success."

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