Conservative Party Leader Rona Ambrose took the fight against ISIS into the House of Commons on Tuesday, pressing the government on the pullout of Canada's six CF-18 fighter jets.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau waited until Parliament was in recess to announce his restructured plan for Canada's involvement in the fight against ISIS, a plan that is heavy on training but won't see Canada bombing targets or providing air support for Kurdish fighters on the ground.
In her first question to the government Ambrose asked Trudeau why he was pulling Canada's warplanes home after more than a year of effective fighting against ISIS, adding that the fight against the Islamist terrorist organization needed to continue.
"Because ISIS is still enslaving women and children; it is still throwing gays and lesbians off rooftops; it is still murdering anyone who has a different belief system," Ambrose said. "The fight against ISIS is a just fight, but the Prime Minister is taking us out of the fight against ISIS. If he will not fight terrorists, just when will he ever fight?"
Trudeau has relied heavily on kind words spoken by Canada's allies about the new mission while refusing to admit what everyone knows, that in private the Americans and others asked for our planes to stay and for Canada to do more.
"The fact is this government and the party we represent has always understood that ISIS represents a threat to innocents in the region and to stability and security around the world. That is why Canada has an important role to play," Trudeau said. "The comprehensive and strong plan we put forward last week that highlights the role that Canada can play is exactly what Canadians expect us to do."
During his announcement that the CF-18 fighter jets were coming home, Trudeau said training was something Canada was better suited for, almost as if he forgot Canada's long history of noble fighter pilots going back to Billy Bishop and the invention of modern air armies.