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Culled from two days of live-fire training exercises involving 1,600 Canadian soldiers, the exercise would signal the start of Canadian military action in Libya, with the bombing campaign that eventually took place against Muammar Qaddafi. Col. Pat Courchesne, the Canadian military’s deputy commander for the current exercise, has been around the block a time, and has been preparing for a return to war-time. But when the president in charge of the exercise is Mr. Courchesne’s predecessor as military commander — retired Major-General Michel Cadotte — it’s bound to trigger unease.

The ramped-up war-games have also troubled some neighbors to the north. The New Brunswick government has distanced itself from the Canadian military’s Wolf exercise, which is being held just weeks after the U.S. began its own war games involving about 60,000 troops on the Korean peninsula.

In a statement to Global News, New Brunswick’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade stated that the ongoing war games were separate and separate from the very real potential for conflict with North Korea. In a statement to Global News, New Brunswick’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade stated that the ongoing war games were separate and separate from the very real potential for conflict with North Korea.

So why are neighbors to the east and to the south concerned that the Canadian military is ramping up its role in Europe — just weeks after the U.S. began its own war games involving about 60,000 troops on the Korean peninsula?

In its statement to Global News, New Brunswick’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade stated that the ongoing war games were separate and separate from the very real potential for conflict with North Korea. In a statement to Global News, New Brunswick’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade stated that the ongoing war games were separate and separate from the very real potential for conflict with North Korea.

“These [Wolf exercises] and other exercises conducted elsewhere help ensure that Canada has the capabilities we need to respond quickly to combat and contingency operations across the world,” Lieutenant-General Marc Bouchard, the commander of the Canadian Forces, said in the statement. “All Canadians, including Canadians in New Brunswick, need to support the government’s defence needs to assure the security of the country.”

However, the Canadian military stressed that the exercises were always in the planning stages, and that they were sanctioned by Canadian and U.S. defense departments. “Wolf is fully in line with the NORAD exercise planning activities of Canada and the United States,” Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, the Chief of Staff of the Royal Canadian Air Force, said in a statement.

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