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National Defence committee  Every day, 5,000 Slavs are added to the Russian population of this region. As a result of demographic decline, the Russians are worried about the decline of the Slavic identity. I think this plays an important role in the region's demographic strategy and in Russia's identificati

October 18th, 2017Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

National Defence committee  We need to train the trainers so that the trainers can then translate that to the rest of the troops. I think this is partially an area where more connectivity between the Canadian Armed Forces and the Ukrainian armed forces would be quite helpful. I think you rightly pointed out

October 18th, 2017Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

National Defence committee  Can I give you two quick points? One is that small arms are already showing up in Europe from the conflict in Ukraine, especially in the weapons markets in Belgium, and are being used by people who we consider as terrorists. So there would be the proliferation of small arms, if

October 18th, 2017Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

National Defence committee  I think we need to ask ourselves where we have a comparative advantage. My argument would be, on cyber, for instance, we don't have a comparative advantage relative to what some of our allies can contribute. On lethal weapons, I'm not sure we have a comparative advantage. I think

October 18th, 2017Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

National Defence committee  I think the shorter answer here is to defer to the OSCE. I think the OSCE is doing what it can, but if we want to decrease the violations of the ceasefire, then we're going to need to have the OSCE out at night. Basically it's calm during the day and then at night everybody shoot

October 18th, 2017Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

National Defence committee  I'm less concerned about the rank and file than I am about the officer corps. As your colleague Mr. Garrison pointed out, how members of the officer corps conduct themselves is ultimately going to determine our ability to rein folks in. With some of our partners in Kurdistan, w

October 18th, 2017Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

National Defence committee  The corruption issue is of course a symptom of this Putinist rent-seeking system that underlies it and that kept everybody in line. While we've had a change of the senior political elite, much of the rest of that state establishment is still very much in place. Changing that cult

October 18th, 2017Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

National Defence committee  I think for one thing it's important that this be led by Global Affairs. GAC has very few resources on the ground but ultimately, in terms of civil military relations, we want to make sure there is a coherent strategy. One of my concerns going to Latvia is that there isn't a stra

October 18th, 2017Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

National Defence committee  Hello, ladies and gentlemen. I will speak in English, but do not hesitate to ask questions in your preferred official language. In 2015, I spent a week in Kiev teaching an executive-level seminar on civil security sector relations at the Ukraine defence university on behalf of

October 18th, 2017Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

Health committee  I shall not speak, I think, on behalf of the aboriginal population and their views with regard to cannabis, but certainly, I think, it is not just the individuals on reserves who avail themselves of the opportunity not to impose taxation to create an incentive to purchase the pro

September 12th, 2017Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

Health committee  Yes. I'd love to see the same rate of training and effort rolled out in Canada as was done in the United States in regard to detection and enforcement with regard to impaired driving. That's ultimately also the explanation. In the United States, it's well known that driving unde

September 12th, 2017Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

Health committee  The evidence is reasonably clear. What's going to keep happening is that harder drugs tend to be imported from the United States into Canada and a good deal of the cannabis product that is being grown in Canada ends up being subsequently exported to the United States. My concern

September 12th, 2017Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

Health committee  I think we heard from other witnesses that there is considerable ambiguity and discretion that law enforcement is going to be afforded, and that in itself is going to be grounds for any number of challenges. This is certainly not going to do anything to free up our courts. It's a

September 12th, 2017Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

Health committee  You'll have to ask Statistics Canada how exactly those data were collected. That's why we created these data. It's true that it'll be difficult to disentangle what other drugs might have been present in that person's system, but what is irrefutable is that in those circumstances

September 12th, 2017Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

Health committee  The cause mechanisms would be inherently difficult to disentangle. Somebody could be particularly drunk and it's the phone that rings that ultimately happens to distract him or her from driving. Different people metabolize cannabis differently just as different people metabolize

September 12th, 2017Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht