The Conservatives are demanding that the Liberal government hand over tens of thousands of these missiles to Ukraine. Opposition Leader Pierre Poliev made the call Friday during a debate in the House of Representatives on a bill to update the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement.
“Instead of forcing Canadians to pay millions of dollars to write off these weapons, the weapons should be handed over to Ukraine,” he said.
Canada’s Ministry of National Defense acknowledged on Friday that the missiles are being considered as part of a possible future military aid package. But the defense official said the problem is that while Canada still has tens of thousands of missiles and their engines, not all of them have warheads.
A spokesman for the defense minister confirmed that the government was considering handing over the missiles.
“Before sending equipment to Ukraine, we work closely with Ukraine to ensure that any assistance meets its military needs and review the operational effectiveness of the equipment,” Daniel Minden said in a press release.
“We are following the same process for CRV7 missile stocks that the armed forces purchased decades ago. We are conducting tests to ensure that this equipment is effective and safe for transport to Ukraine before any potential transfer,” Minden added.
Developed during the Cold War and manufactured by Bristol Aerospace in Winnipeg, the CRV7 was considered one of the most powerful air-to-surface missiles of its time and was still in service with allies during the war in Afghanistan.