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Rapid-response air unit seen as policy shift

An air force unit capable of rapid deployment will be established at Canadian Forces Base Bagotville in northwestern Quebec, the government said yesterday, a move seen by some experts as a major shift away from Canada’s traditional military role as a peacekeeper. Defence Minister Gordon O’Connor said the government would spend about $300-million on equipment and other costs to set up the unit, and would add 550 new troops to the base over seven years. Full Story

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