Canadian Forces: heads need to roll

Mercedes Stephenson, a Global News reporter who is well versed in and well connected to the Canadian military, posted this, on the afternoon of 30 Apr 19,  on social media:

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The picture in question is …


… and sources confirmed to her that these are, indeed members of the Canadian Army (the 4th Canadian Division) who are, it appears, all members of at least one reserve unit in the greater Toronto area. They paraded, very, Very, VERY improperly, as part of the annual Khalsa Day parade on Sunday, 28 April 2019.  CTV News says the unit is the Lorne Scots, based in Brampton, Halton Hills and Oakville, all towns surrounding the Western suburb of Mississauga. The Lorne Scots are part of the 32nd Canadian Brigade Group, an Army reserve formation consisting of 13 reserve units, all in the Greater Toronto area. 32 Canadian Brigade Group is, in turn, part of the 4th Canadian Division, headquartered in Toronto.

Ms Stephenson says that:

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The Commander 4th Canadian Division is Brigadier-General J.J.M.J Paul. I do not know him, but that this happened, at all, on his watch suggests that he and his staff are “tone deaf” about foreign policy, civil-military relations and current affairs … all of which used to be part of officers’ promotion examinations.

Mercedes Stephenson quotes Defence Minister Sajjan as saying that “diversity is our strength” but agreeing that:

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The intentions were not good; they were, in fact, incredibly stupid and reflect an abysmal lack of strategic sense amongst military officers and officials. My characterization of stupid is, in my opinion, being kind … I think this is worse than simple stupidity which can be found, now and again, even in Nobel Prize winners, it is almost like the criminal sabotage of Canada’s foreign and defence policies.

These Khalsa Day parades, and the Trudeau regime’s tone-deaf interest in participating in them, when they are perceived, at the highest levels in India, to be promoting Sikh separatism and even terrorism in India, were what started Indo-Canadian relations on the downward spiral that was evident during our man-child prime minister’s disastrous trip to India over a year ago. The government of India thinks that Justin Trudeau is actually promoting Sikh separatism, just as Charles DeGaulle promoted Québec separatism in 1967. Lester Pearson sent DeGaulle packing then and I think it was only traditional good manners that compelled India to even allow Justin Trudeau to visit in 2018. Can you imagine the outrage in Ottawa if Indian Prime Minister Modi allowed Indian soldiers to participate in a parade honouring the murder of Pierre Laporte in 1970? Well, that’s what the India government is seeing in Toronto in 2019 … remember the Liberal ads about soldiers in our cities, with guns? Well, that’s what we have in Justin Trudeau’s Canada: Canadian soldiers being used, seriously misused, as partisan Liberal Party election props. It is the Queen’s Army, the Canadian people’s Army, it is NOT a campaign prop for Justin Trudeau or any one ethnocultural sect.

The “appropriate action” that Minister Sajjan says will be taken is needed right now and it includes:

  • Very public firings of the officers involved, the unit commanding officer(s), other officers involved in planning, approving or supporting the troops’ participation in the parade, and, I think, that includes Brigadier General Paul, too, and perhaps some others, in Ottawa, pour encourager les autres;
  • Some serious training on policy and its implications and on the apolitical nature of the Canadian Forces at our service schools and the Staff College; and
  • The resignation of Harjit Sajjan who has, quite clearly, demonstrated that he is unfit for his job.

Even more urgent is that Canadians replace this disaster-prone Trudeau regime with a government run by adults,

Published by Ted Campbell

Old, retired Canadian soldier, Conservative ~ socially moderate, but a fiscal hawk. A husband, father and grandfather. Published material is posted under the "Fair Dealing" provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act for the purposes of research, private study and education.

2 thoughts on “Canadian Forces: heads need to roll

  1. I will have to disagree with you here. If we follow the path suggested, the kneejerk reaction is that everyone will be terrified of their shadow and more decisions will be pushed up to senior commands that should be assessed and made at lower ranks. perhaps the best thing is to pull apart the planning, approval and intent and use it as a teaching moment for everyone to do it better next time. We are supposed to be training leaders, ones who will make decisions and occasionally bad ones, but still better than unable to make one.

  2. I don’t disagree with you on principle, but this, in my view, is a bit like Admiral John Byng who was, in 1757, executed for “failing to do his utmost against the enemy.” Voltaire gave us the quip, in ‘Candide,’ about it being a good thing, now and again, to shoot an admiral “pour encourager les autres.” I think it would be a good thing to exile BGen Paul ~ I think that he, being, I suspect, the highest ranking indigenous person in the CF, cannot be fired (bad political optics) but he should, à la then Col, later BGen Serge Labbé (of the Somalia affair) sent into exile in, say, Brussels or Mons where no one cares if you have the strategic comprehension of a fruit fly.

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