There Is No Alternative

Campbell Clark, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that “For much of its history, Canada has been a lucky country, sharing the prosperity of its U.S. neighbour, tucked under its security umbrella, supporting a U.S.-led world order. The divided nation to our south on view during the 2020 election campaign has to make you […]

Military reserves

For those interested, and every thinking Canadian should have some, albeit limited interest in the subject, there is an interesting thread over on Army.ca which deals with the problems (there are a lot of them) in making Canada’s reserve Army (the militia if you’re old enough) into an effective force. I’m going to go with […]

Not good enough

Emerald Bensadoun, writing for Global News, says that “Canadian Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair said Tuesday that in an attempt to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus, those crossing the border irregularly will still be allowed into Canada, but will be subject to medical screening and housed in quarantine when necessary.” That’s right, even though, just a […]

More good news

They may not look like much, just now … … but these are “blocks,” at Seaspan Shipyards in Vancouver, and when hundreds of more blocks are built and they are all, eventually fitted together they will become one of these …  … the new Protectuer class support ships (two are on order) for the Royal […]

Let’s have a defence policy debate

About a week ago the Toronto Sun opined, in an editorial, that “These past four years have seen a significant number of headlines that involve our defence priorities and the Canadian Armed Forces, yet politicians shy away from drawing any further attention to the issues … [but] … That ought to change. We need to have […]

Where we should not be

So, I see, in a report by Lee Berthiaume of The Canadian Press, published by Global News, that Liberal MP “Rob Oliphant told an all-party press conference that Canada is not pulling its weight,” in the UN peacekeeping arena. ““Canada’s peacekeeping operations pale in comparison to those offered by many African countries,” said the Toronto MP, who […]

Another defence procurement cock-up

David Pugliese, writing in the National Post, reports that “Taxpayers are on the hook for potentially tens of millions of dollars after federal bureaucrats bungled the purchase of trucks for the Canadian Forces and now must make good on the lost profits for a U.S. firm … [but] … Public Services and Procurement Canada, which oversaw […]

And still another ship proposal

There is a very interesting thread over on Army.ca which begins with a post by Chris Pook, who often comments here, too, in which he wonders if we should not have a new ship conversion projects (à la converting the Asterix into a useful fleet support ship) to provide us with an ‘Afloat Support Base’ or […]

My plan (3)

Let me begin with an anecdote … back in 1987, the Conservative government of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney released a White Paper on Defence that caught many people, including many quite senior people in National Defence Headquarters by surprise. (It was, in fact, a very good paper, although it was, soon, overtaken by events; it […]

My plan …

A couple of my interlocutors have taken me to task on two accounts: First, I keep arguing for more and more defence spending, until we get to 2% of GDP ~ which I guesstimate will be something like $55+ Billion by 2030 ~ but, beyond seeking some cuts to Headquarters and to our abundance of very, […]