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Jonathan Vance: Transport Plane and Romanian Replacements

jonathan vance: It will also likely be the prime minister's only visit, as operations are currently scheduled to wind down at the end of July -- even though the UN and some allies would like Canada to stay until Romanian replacements arrive in the fall, according to CTV. Trudeau flew into Gao aboard a military transport plane -- and under a veil of secrecy due to security concerns -- with a delegation that included Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and chief of defence staff Gen. The visit to this hot, dusty camp in northern Mali was Trudeau's first since 250 Canadian troops and eight helicopters arrived this summer to begin providing lifesaving medical evacuations for wounded UN peacekeepers and workers. Jonathan Vance. We think often -- and we hear this from Canadians -- that Canada has a great history of peacekeeping, Trudeau told the assembled troops after helping serve turkey dinners to them. The bright sun and hot desert air belied the fact that the prime minister's visit to this part of Africa was timed to coincide with a pre-Christmas celebration for the troops. ( As reported in the news.