Conservative interim leader Candice Bergen said in an interview with CTV News that she believes that Canada and other NATO countries should consider Ukraine's request to implement a no-fly zone over its skies.
"I don't think NATO should take anything off the table at this point. And I certainly don't think NATO should be announcing what they will or will not do to Putin. I just don't think that's the best strategy," Bergen told CTV.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged Canada to back a no-fly zone during his virtual address to Parliamentarians on Tuesday.
"Can you imagine when you call your friends, your friendly nations, and you ask: ‘Please close the sky. Close the airspace. Please stop the bombing. How many more cruise missiles have to fall on our cities until you make this happen?’ And they in return express their deep concerns about the situation," Zelensky told Parliament via Zoom.
Bergen discussed the option of allowing Ukrainians to flee without fear of Russian attack, saying that she believes the option would not require a no-fly zone.
"Obviously, it's up to experts and others to talk about and decide what's the best way to protect those corridors. Is it by protecting the airspace? Or, it could be by better equipping the Ukrainians themselves. But our point is, we don't believe Canada or the world should just be throwing up our hands and saying that there's nothing that we could do," Bergen continued.
Bergen also said that "Ideally Ukraine would be able to shoot [Russian airplanes] down themselves, but they need to be supplied with those missiles to be able to do that. So that would be obviously ideal, but if they can't, there's got to be other ways that NATO or other allies can help to protect women and children especially, who are trying to escape."
"We believe that there should be protection for those humanitarian corridors," said Bergen. "There are others that have said that it's something that should be discussed, and that is doable."