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
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 […]
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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 […]
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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 Bagotville, Que.”
The idea behind the procurement process is to investigate the fine details of a piece of equipment and estimate how much the supplier intends to soak you with bullshit added-costs, delays and ‘upgrades’.
“The deal signed in November 2010 was (Read more…)
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 »
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 we’d apply some of the lessons of Afghanistan to our engagement, I kind of sat bolt upright because I think one of the problems is we haven’t spent much time learning the lessons of Afghanistan,” Mulroney said in an interview to air Saturday at 9 a. (Read more…)
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 is shown with a Kurdish fighter in this photo from the National Post – what’s the badge on his arm say? Canada? Lord Palmerston; a map of Turkey showing its majority Kurdish-speaking regions.
While a couple of officials of the Harper Government have now half-heartedly warned Canadians (Read more…)
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 military regulations. Below: Other Canadians not entitled to wear Canadian Forces uniforms dressed in military drag. (All photos dragged from the Internet.)
Didn’t the unfortunate Franck Gervais understand you have to be an elected Conservative politician or a TV star before you’re allowed to dress up (Read more…)
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 72,000 households remain without power four days after a catastrophic ice storm hit Canada’s largest city.
By the time you read this, that 140,000 or so Metropolitan Toronto residents will be in their fifth day without power or heat – many of them seniors and other (Read more…)
“An Officer and a Murderer” celebrates Russell Williams heinous crimes and violence against Canadian women, says The Canadian Progressive publisher, Obert Madondo
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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 democratic government.
The military’s guidance is invaluable but rarely infallible. Don’t forget how the Big Cod hooked prime minister Martin into approving the combat gig in Kandahar. In recent decades Canada’s military has shown itself to be less than – oh,
. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Why Let the Air Force Decide What We Want?
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 me that Hannibal lecture! (OK, that’s enough … – ed.)
Doggone it! Readers concerned about the fondness of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government for the dogs of war – any old war at all, even if it involved burning down the White House
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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 a taste of warfighting, needs ever more.
“We have some men and women who have had two, three and four tours and what they’re telling me is ‘Sir, we’ve got that bumper sticker. Can we go somewhere else now?’” Natynczyk said in
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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 we allowing to develop in this country.
My thoughts are in the right hand column. I’d be interested in hearing yours.
Canada’s top soldier says troops ready and eager for new overseas missions
By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press Winnipeg Free Press, July 7, 2012
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“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 gamed the military and forced it to choose between serving Canada or serving him. According to the Auditor-General the Department of National Defence knew full well the actual cost of the F-35 light bomber but misled Parliament with deliberately false estimates.
. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: And So Ends the Renaissance of the Canadian Armed Forces
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 or members of the military. Communications commissars in the PMO were appointed to ride herd, filtering requests for information, deciding what could be or wouldn’t be answered, and then doctoring the response to ensure it conformed to Stevie’s message. Undemocratic? You
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