August 08, 2009
TheStar.com - Opinion - Where are our peacekeepers?
Peacekeepers' Day in Canada, celebrated each year on Aug. 9, was created to recognize the high level of professionalism, dedication and courage of Canadians serving in faraway places in the cause of peace. For decades, Canada was the world's number one contributor of UN peacekeeping troops. Until 1996, this nation remained in the top 10. Unfortunately, the country now ranks 52nd. While UN peacekeeping is now at an all-time high, deploying more than 82,000 troops worldwide, Canada's contribution is a mere 65 soldiers.
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