The Disaffected Lib: There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea

In a decade or so the government of Canada will be in the market for new submarines for the Royal Canadian Navy. In the 17-years since the Chretien government snapped up four used British boats, supposedly a bargain, we haven’t seen much use out of them.  In fact we’ve about doubled the purchase price in ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Royal Canadian Rent-a-Navy

Protecteur Being Towed Home Mr. Harper.  It’s probably not a brilliant idea to get into Vlad Putin’s face when you’ve left Canada with as navy so neglected that it can’t defend one coast much less three.  Our essential supply ships beaten and battered, our air defence destroyers rotted out – it takes a Heart of ...

Alberta Diary: The boss has gone crazy! He’s giving away new uniforms! And at only $4.5 million, they’re practically free!

Canadian soldiers will once again be clad in uniforms like these. If that doesn’t scare the hell out of Vladimir Putin, the guy’s got ice in his veins! Below: A typical naval officer in his cool new brass loops, armed with a naval thingy; what he’d be wearing if he were an officer in the ...

“Just like that, the English-Canadian Conservative coalition is cemented, coast to coast.”

“…with barely a whisper of opposition”. This is Harper’s first home run, bases loaded — and all the more remarkable because it isn’t being acknowledged as such, yet. Conservatives are too busy high-fiving each other in their suites at the Chateau Laurier to crow. Nor would they wish to: It wouldn’t agree with the image ...

"Just like that, the English-Canadian Conservative coalition is cemented, coast to coast."

“…with barely a whisper of opposition”. This is Harper’s first home run, bases loaded — and all the more remarkable because it isn’t being acknowledged as such, yet. Conservatives are too busy high-fiving each other in their suites at the Chateau Laurier to crow. Nor would they wish to: It wouldn’t agree with the image ...

Canadian Progressive World: Canada’s Unenviable Royal RaceTo The Past

Where are Canadian progressives when you need them? Where were Canada’s anti-mornachists, pacifists and nationalists when Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative government were planning to return Canada to its Royal yesterday? Defence Minister Peter MacKay announced Tuesday Ottawa’s decision to restore the “Royal” moniker to the Canadian navy and air force. All in the ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Much Ado About The Wrong Thing – Canadian Forces DisIntegration

As a political scientist and somewhat of a historian I prefer our system of government based on a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy. I also appreciate the role that our historical links to the United Kingdom play in our multicultural society, including their role in our political and justice systems. Therefore I am not particularly ...

Pample the Moose: Symbols Matter – Canadian Forces Edition

Symbols matter. Traditions can be invented. Nationalism is the product of collective will to create an imagined community. All of these concepts (which are debatable, of course) are vitally important to understanding the trajectories of Canadian identity politics since the Second World War. This has been my academic stomping ground, so to speak, for the ...