And some even better news …

Congratulations to the men and women of Chantier Davie in Quebec who conceived the idea of Project Resolve and then converted the MV Asterix into a brand new AOR (supply and refuelling ship) for the Royal Canadian Navy. Over this Christmas week a crew of merchant seamen and Davie workers are sailing her to Halifax where …

Something for Prime Minister Trudeau and Ministers Brison, Morneau and Sajjan to consider

This, which comes, yet again, from my friend The Regimental Rogue … … should be in almost every cabinet minister’s office and in those of many, many senior bureaucrats. Leaders, from those elected to lead Athens, 2,500 years ago, to those leading Canada today, have, consistently, tried to pull, down and then, later, enlarge or …

A reminder

Thanks to my friend The Regimental Rogue, again, for this gem … … which is something that I hope Treasury Board President Scott Brison and Finance Minister Bill Morneau will bear in mind when as they try to fund Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s reckless and irresponsible spending on sundry feminist and green initiatives by further …

Fixing things … maybe

There’s a report in iPolitics that is headlined “Feds launch new digital service after years of IT failures” and says that “The Trudeau government is investing $25.5 million on a new in-house digital ‘swat team’ to modernize federal services and make them easier for Canadians to use … [and] … The Canadian Digital Service officially got off the ground this …

A message for all Canadians

I have gone on, over and over again, about politicians, especially those in the Liberal Party of Canada, selling the sizzle and not providing any steak. Confucius, as usual, said it better: We need more “superior” men and women on Parliament Hill, in Queen’s park and other provincial legislatures, and in town and city halls, …

Trudeau’s Liberals: A midterm report card

John Ibbitson, a generally conservative commentator, writing in the Globe and Mail, offers a (nearly, mid term report card on Team Trudeau. Here is what he has to say about the good, the not so good, the bad and the unknown: The good, he says, includes: Mr. Trudeau came to power vowing to admit 25,000 …

The defence budget dilemma

A member at Army.ca, who self identifies as an officer in the Medical Branch, said, in a discussion about the defence budget woes: “If neither the defence budget nor the number of CAF personnel increase, it is indeed a zero sum game. More personnel for cyber and SOF would require a reduction from some other …

Change (2)

I have a high regard for Israel, as a liberal democracy, as a modern, sophisticated, free nation and as a military power. I had the opportunity, while serving in the Canadian Army, to see the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) close up and, later, to work with Israeli scientists, officials and military officers on radio frequency …

A threat to our national security

Many thanks to my friend Tony Prudori for posting this article. The topic has also been under discussion on Army.ca where members focused on this bit from the report: “If we don’t change the position and the approach we have, I think the conversation is going to change away from transitioning members to national security.” I have …

The Liberal budget gets worse

It has been a few months since I last commented on the Liberal budget, and i was pretty unimpressed then. Now The Business News Network (BNN) reports that TD Banks economists are waring that the cumulative deficit in this first (hopefully last) Trudeau term will be $16.5 worse that Finance Minister Bill Morneau forecast. The Finance …