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Bill Longstaff: Modest proposals for our defence policy

The federal government has promised to develop a new defence strategy for the country and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has confirmed the public will be asked to participate. I thought, therefore, I would get my two cents in early. The minister’s mandate letter states, "As Minister of National Defence, your overarching goal will be to ensure that the Canadian Armed Forces are equipped and . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Modest proposals for our defence policy

Alberta Politics: What’s next? F-35 boondoggle to land on the deck of a Canadian Mistral carrier?

PHOTOS: The F-35, possibly the worst military aircraft ever made, dollar for dollar or pound for pound, photographed to make it look less like a brick. A hovering version of the same plane. A not-quite-finished Mistral-class helicopter carrier. SANTA FE, N.M. I suppose a hotel in the desert, just down the block from the address . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: What’s next? F-35 boondoggle to land on the deck of a Canadian Mistral carrier?

Alberta Politics: ‘Event logisticians’? Give us a break! They’re bouncers! What’s that tell you about the Tories?

PHOTOS: Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets a group of foreign event logistics consultants while travelling abroad (Government of Canada photo). Below: Pierre Trudeau does suppressed fury the right way; Mr. Harper does it with considerably less appeal. Clearly, the continuing uproar about Stephen Harper’s “event logistics team members” tells us something fundamental about the increasingly . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: ‘Event logisticians’? Give us a break! They’re bouncers! What’s that tell you about the Tories?

Dead Wild Roses: RADAR? We Don’t Need No Stinking Radar! – Canadian Military ‘Procurement’

I’m curious as to how our military procurement system is intends to differentiate itself from the awesome-fun game of spitting into the wind.

“The Harper government is terminating its contract with Thales Canada Ltd., which was to supply new radar units to support Canada’s CF-18 fighter jet squadrons in Cold Lake, Alta., and . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: RADAR? We Don’t Need No Stinking Radar! – Canadian Military ‘Procurement’

Montreal Simon: The Canadian Forces and the Shame of Harper’s Army

Ever since he came to power Stephen Harper has been trying to militarize this country.

Trying to destroy our noble peacekeeping traditions, and turn our military into Harper's Army, with his hollow slogan:

STRONG. PROUD. FREE.

But as a new report makes clear the truth couldn't be more UGLY.Read more »

. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Canadian Forces and the Shame of Harper’s Army

The Disaffected Lib: Finally, a Mulroney We Can Believe In.

David Mulroney served as a deputy minister in charge of Canada’s Afghanistan task force.  It seems he learned a thing or two from the experience, enough to know that we’re at risk of repeating the same mistakes in our rush to war in Iraq.

“When I recently saw Foreign Minister [Rob] Nicholson musing that . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Finally, a Mulroney We Can Believe In.

Alberta Diary: Six things we all need to think about when Canadians volunteer to fight for the Kurds

The Kurds: They should have had a country of their own, but since they don’t, and since Canada is allied by treaty to one of their principal enemies, letting Canadians join their fight isn’t a simple matter. We need clarity on just what Canada’s position is from the Canadian government. Below: Dillon Hillier . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Six things we all need to think about when Canadians volunteer to fight for the Kurds

Alberta Diary: Maybe fake soldier didn’t understand only Tory politicians and TV stars are allowed to play military dressup in Canada

Canadian Armed Forces members and veterans were outraged when this man allegedly passed himself off as a Forces member at the scene of a flood in Calgary, Alberta. As you can see, he seemed to have a couple of civilians fooled. However, his weird haircut gave him away to keen observers familiar with . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Maybe fake soldier didn’t understand only Tory politicians and TV stars are allowed to play military dressup in Canada

Alberta Diary: Ice storm 2013: Is the Canadian government like the cops – never around when you need them?

Prime Minister Stephen Harper over flooded Calgary last June. Apparently there’s no sign of him anywhere near Toronto now. Below: Then U.S. President George W. Bush over New Orleans in August 2005; Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne; the PM’s unhelpful Tweet from Calgary Sunday night.

The Toronto Star reported yesterday that an estimated . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Ice storm 2013: Is the Canadian government like the cops – never around when you need them?

The Canadian Progressive: Why Canadians Should Reject The Russell Williams Crime Movie

“An Officer and a Murderer” celebrates Russell Williams heinous crimes and violence against Canadian women, says The Canadian Progressive publisher, Obert Madondo

The post Why Canadians Should Reject The Russell Williams Crime Movie appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Disaffected Lib: Why Let the Air Force Decide What We Want?

It’s up to Parliament to tell the Air Force what Canada needs from the RCAF, not the other way around.   What the Air Force wants and what the country needs are not one and the same.   That’s especially true for today’s “Americanized” military that may be losing sight of the limits of its role in . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Why Let the Air Force Decide What We Want?

Alberta Diary: Harper Tories cry havoc and let slip the wars of dogs!

Meow! Prime Minister Stephen and Patron of the War Animals Laureen Harper with their Military Intelligence advisor “Trinity.” Below: the GRU and CSIS lapel pins. Note the similarity of design. Coincidence? I think not! A Royal Canadian animal hat: Here be Dragoons. And below that: Modern elephant-mounted light artillery … so don’t give . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Harper Tories cry havoc and let slip the wars of dogs!

The Disaffected Lib: Time to Give the Armed Forces a Reality Check

It’s time to hit the “reset” button on Canada’s military, or at least its top ranks.   That much was plain from reading the jingoistic remarks of General Walt Natynczyk from a Canadian Press interview.  While I won’t quote broadly from the interview it’s apparent that Natynczyk feels he’s presiding over a military that, having had . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Time to Give the Armed Forces a Reality Check

Paul S. Graham: Canada’s military: soldiers or psychopaths?

Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Walt Natynczyk Photo: Jake Wright, The Canadian Press

This interview with Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff says more about the psychopathology of militarism than I would have believed could be found in a daily newspaper. Read along with me and ask yourself what kind of madness are . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Canada’s military: soldiers or psychopaths?

The Disaffected Lib: And So Ends the Renaissance of the Canadian Armed Forces

“I do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors. So help me God.“

Stephen Harper  vowed to restore Canada’s military to its former glory and prestige.   Instead he corrupted our military institution and consigned it to disgrace.

Harper . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: And So Ends the Renaissance of the Canadian Armed Forces

The Disaffected Lib: The Perversion of Canada’s Military

Since he clawed his way into power, Steve Harper has wasted little time turning Canada’s public and armed services into political agencies of the prime minister’s office.   He began by gagging the public service and the armed forces.  Under Harper’s iron fist communications policy, the public were not allowed direct contact with public servants . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Perversion of Canada’s Military