Michelle Carbert, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that “Canada’s top general [General Jonathan Vance, ⇐ the Chief of the Defence Staff] says Russia poses the most immediate military threat to this country and the international community today, while China represents a significant risk for cyber attacks … [and, the point was echoed by Lieutenant-General Christopher Coates, ⇒ the Canadian deputy commander of North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) who said that] … North America is “no longer a sanctuary” and cannot rely on its geography to protect the continent from international security threats. Although Lt.-Gen. Coates highlighted Russia’s development of long-range precision weapons, he expressed more concern about the strategic threats posed by the “shifting balance of power” around the world.“
It is not a message that the inept Trudeau-Champagne-Sajjan-Freeland regime …
… wants to hear. The message from Canada’s top military leadership is not about promoting feminism, fighting climate change, reconciliation with First Nations or
earning buying a temporary, second class seat on the useless UN Security Council.
At the same conference, in Ottawa, the report says, “Frederick Kagan of the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington-based public policy think tank, used a football analogy to explain the state of Russian aggression … [saying that ] … “We are collectively … standing around waiting for the next play to start while the ball is actually live and the Russians are running back toward our goal. This is not an interwar period. The war is on” … [but] … Canada is more influential than it thinks when it comes to combatting Russian aggression, Dr. Kagan said, as it has a larger gross domestic product than Russia. But he said Canada has yet to fully exert that power … [because] … “You [Canada] have a lot of opinions about what the world order should be but relatively little interest in actually engaging to make it so,” Dr. Kagan said.” Bingo! That’s Trudeau’s Canada: loads of potential, but not much interest or ambition.
Justin Trudeau’s strategic vision seems to be confined to the notion that Canada can sit on the sidelines and hope that Kim Jong-un and Ali Khamenei are not insane; hope that China and Russia will act against their own perceived national interests and, instead, act in our interests, and hope, above all, that President Trump will defend us …
… but, paraphrasing a friend over on Army.ca, when lives and the nation’s security are at stake, “hope is not a valid course of action,” and, in my opinion, none of those hopes, including the final one, are well-founded.
It is time for Canada to come out of the socio-political fog that has enveloped our country for more than 50 years and reject the shallow, foolish, isolationist Trudeau, père et fils, vision of Canada and restore the respectable, responsible, leading role envisioned and practised by St Laurent, Diefenbaker, Pearson, Martin and Harper and which is being proposed, today, in 2020 by e.g. Erin O’Toole. Canada needs to regain, as Prime Minister Paul Martin wished, “a role of pride and influence in the world” that is commensurate with our wealth and potential. That is a notion that seems totally foreign to Justin Trudeau and his cabinet. But it is a very liberal and Liberal notion and it is one that should unite most Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
It’s not as though we cannot afford to play a more responsible role in the world. Justin Trudeau’s government has borrowed more money, to spend on heaven alone knows what, than has any government that did not face either a war or a major recession. Canada has good credit because we are known to pay our bills on time. What we are not known for, not under the two Trudeaus, anyway, is for living up to the promise we helped to write, in 1945, in the United Nations’ charter: “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.” Instead, we bow and scrape to the warmongers and hope that Donald Trump will save us.
There are a lot of things Canada can and should do, sooner rather than later, to remedy the current situation. We need both the political will and a solid, achievable, affordable plan to rebuild all of our:
- Strategic vision;
- Foreign policy and foreign service; and
- Defence policy and armed forces.
All have suffered, especially under both Pierre and Justin Trudeau; all need to be brought back to strength.
That means we need a new government, a Conservative government, one that can lead Canada for a decade or more while the Liberal Party reforms, realigns and rebuilds itself, back into the liberal party. that Canada needs.