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Alberta Politics: Lawyers, guns and money: Russia’s intervention in Syria offers a useful teaching moment for Canadians

PHOTOS: A Russian Su-34 bomber releases a bomb near the provisional ISIS capital of Raqqa in Syria. (Russian Ministry of Defence photo.) Below: Russian President Vladimir Putin, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Russia’s military intervention in the Syrian civil war has offered a unique teaching moment for Canadians about the . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Lawyers, guns and money: Russia’s intervention in Syria offers a useful teaching moment for Canadians

The Canadian Progressive: Ditch the expensive and risky F-35 fighter jet, Mr. Harper

A new study accuses the Harper govern of mismanaging Canada’s defence procurement, recommends ditching planned purchase of expensive F-35 fighters jets.

The post Ditch the expensive and risky F-35 fighter jet, Mr. Harper appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

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

The Canadian Progressive: F-35 Fighter Jet Too Dangerous For Canadian Air Force, Says Report

by: Obert Madondo | June 9, 2014

A new report released Monday is urging the Harper Government to shelve its plans to purchase F-35 fighter jets to replace Canada’s aging CF-18 fleet.

The report, entitled “One Dead Pilot: Single-Engine F-35s a Bad Choice,” was released by the Rideau Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: F-35 Fighter Jet Too Dangerous For Canadian Air Force, Says Report

Canadian Progressive: Conservative MP insults Canadians with confused take on F-35 jet plan

Yesterday we’d a jolly good laugh when Yukon Tory MP Ryan Leef got overjoyed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit and invited those gathered to “join me in welcoming back to the Yukon, the Prime Minister of Cannibal.” Conservative MP, Chris Alexander’s recent take on the F-35 fighter jet controversy is no such laughing matter. . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: Conservative MP insults Canadians with confused take on F-35 jet plan

Politics and its Discontents: Peter MacKay Does Enjoy The Largess of The Public Purse, Doesn’t He?

WHEN I GROW UP, I WANNA FLY A BIG JET!

It seems that Peter MacKay, the Defence Minister for our self- and inaccurately-proclaimed fiscal stewards, the Conservatives, does enjoy the generosity of Canadian taxpayers, but at least he is versatile in exploiting that resource. Not content to use it only to shorten his . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Peter MacKay Does Enjoy The Largess of The Public Purse, Doesn’t He?

Politics and its Discontents: F-35 Lies From The Department of National Defence

Much to my surprise, the National Post has been doing a good job lately in covering Conservative misdeeds. While the Canadian taxpayer has been subjected to so many falsehoods and a great deal of subterfuge about the true cost of the F-35 jets over the past year-and-a half, The Post’s John Ivison offers information about . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: F-35 Lies From The Department of National Defence