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The government’s defence policy update is a small step in the right direction—if it is actually implemented

While the government's defence policy update has positive elements that if implemented wholesale could make a significant difference for the military, all of the indicators surrounding it should inspire deep skepticism. It is a safe and timid document that does not go far enough to fix the deep problems afflicting the Canadian Armed Forces today.

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Donaldo

Let’s simply start with honoring our basic commitment of 2% to NATO. Never mind getting into the invisible weeds.

22nd April 2024 at 11:17 am
Kim Morton

Nice claims by a government notorious for missing targets. The real question is how much of the spending will be in useful equipment, and how much will be squandered by the bureaucracy in administration and graft?

22nd April 2024 at 9:34 am
Watch Dog

The lies,misdirection, and overall deceit continue. This announcement is only words to sate the voter into submission while they scheme to steal more.

22nd April 2024 at 9:33 am
Michael B

I’m not sure that the tactics of war have not changed dramatically given what’s been going on today in conflict zones. When the Ukrainians can stop and force a withdrawal of armoured columns… when the Ukrainians can hit and sink a Russian flagship from shore and knock helicopters and other aircraft out of the sky almost at will… when the IDF can effectively defend its borders against a massive attack including ballistic and cruise missiles as well as drones. When a drone piloted in California can launch a hellfire missile in Afghanistan…when the IDF can identify and destroy hamas installations and personnel from a distance…
If the current and future gov’ts don’t invest heavily in the latest technologies our military’s presence in a conflict zone will be a severe detriment. Canada can increase its spending by raising salaries and benefits to all military personnel without improving effectiveness at all, which is probably the liberal plan.

22nd April 2024 at 12:08 pm
Neil Beesley

Duh, ya think??? Only problem is that the previous Harper government was actually no different!!! This is an endemic and historic Canadian issue: frugally throwing ourselves on the tender mercies of our American neighbours and allies like some breathless damsel virgin seeking to have her virtue protected from all of those evil bullies out there!!!

22nd April 2024 at 9:45 am
Don Morris

This is undoubtedly another facade by the government before the NATO meetings in July. The Liberals are famous for making grand promises and never delivering, often repeating the same promise to a crowd of adoring reporters a few months after the original unfulfilled promise.
Trudeau stated a short while back that Canada would never meet it’s commitment to 2% of GDP on Defence, so any statements to the contrary are just public relations.
Trudeau and his cadre of “superior” amateurs don’t think a military is a necessity and they’ll conduct themselves according to this mantra.
I’m amused by the repeated statements that the biggest thing we have to fear is a Trump re-election! I guess the new “Axis of Evil” is benign,is it?

22nd April 2024 at 11:11 am
Claude Quintin

Canada is dangerously close to another burning of parliament. The Liberal elites must force Trudeau to step down within the next 6 months or history will repeat. The polls are correct, his leadership is over.

22nd April 2024 at 12:09 pm
Lauraine

That was the White House, not the Canadian House of Commons

22nd April 2024 at 2:26 pm
Xiaoming Guo

Are we the Canadian Empire that we have to defend Europe, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet, Xingjiang, the South China Sea, and Afghanistan? or we are just a vassal state to the hegemony paying the bill for the hegemony wars?

22nd April 2024 at 9:33 am
KH

Clarity is important.

Your comment lacks any.

22nd April 2024 at 10:51 am
Lauraine

This article reads like sour milk.

22nd April 2024 at 2:27 pm