OTTAWA - U.S. President Barack Obama announced Saturday he will seek approval from Congress for a military strike against Syria, while Canada - as promised - vows complete support for those attacks.
Speaking from the White House rose garden, Obama said he believes a military strike was needed but maintains that "our country will be better off" if the decision is collective, rather than unilateral.
Obama could launch an attack without the approval of Congress.
Canada will offer political support to any country that does attack Syria.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird reacted swiftly to Obama's comments, saying a message needed to be sent to Syria's dictator, Bashar Al Assad.
"Canada believes that a firm and unequivocal response is needed to deter any future use of chemical weapons," Baird's press secretary, Rick Roth, told QMI Agency. "We also believe that a clear message on the proliferation and use of such weapons must be sent to rogue regimes around the world."