Canada Becomes First Member to Ratify Inclusion of Sweden, Finland in the NATO

Canada becomes the first country to formally ratify the NATO membership of Sweden and Finland. Canada accelerated the process for ratification and completed it shortly after member countries signed off on the alliance’s expansion on Tuesday. Parliaments of all 30 NATO member states will need to approve the expansion before Finland and Sweden formally become full fledged members.

If all parliaments ratify Sweden and Finland’s accession, they will be protected by the alliance’s defense clause, which states that an attack on one member is an attack against all.

Canada’s House of Commons members unanimously expressed their support for Sweden and Finland in a June vote before the chamber closed for the summer break.

Canada’s Foreign Minister Joly spoke to the opposition lawmakers to make sure they were in agreement before using an administrative process to ratify the two countries’ membership on Tuesday.

The signing of the protocol does not guarantee membership, but still allows Helsinki and Stockholm to participate in NATO meetings and have greater access to intelligence until ratification.

Trudeau said his country was fully confident that Sweden and Finland would quickly and effectively integrate into NATO and contribute to the alliance’s collective defense.

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