Canadian Forces

Trudeau's NATO Pledge Will Only Increase Tensions With Russia

Jonathan Wade | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Wade

I do understand that we have to honour our commitment and we have to take part in global security, but engaging hundreds troops in a Cold War-esque scenario instead of focusing on Canada's main threat, terrorism, is a clear sign of the government foreign policy's alignment with our American ally.

ISIS-Inspired Board Game Helping Canadian Military With Planning

CBC | Dean Beeby, CBC News | Posted 06.12.2016 | Canada Politics

The ISIS Crisis is the latest twist in a government-wide effort to use more games in the workplace for training and education.

Do Not Promise Veterans What You Refuse To Deliver

Bruce Moncur | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

What was left off of Budget 2016 as well as the reestablishment of life-long pensions was a line stating "increase the veteran survivor's pension amount from 50 per cent to 70 per cent." This means that every day 30 veterans are dying and their widows or widowers are still having their partner's pension cut in half.

F/A-18E Super Hornet Bridges Gap Between Now And Drone Warfare

Jonathan Wade | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Wade

The Super Hornet is by far the best alternative for Canada and will keep the RCAF operational for the next 25 years -- a critical timeline for future drone warfare. By then, Boeing and Lockheed Martin will most likely have some workable unmanned fighter drones; a great option for Canada to keep constant surveillance in the Arctic and its coasts.

I Want To Hear From All Veterans, Even If They're Mad At Me

Kent Hehr | Posted 06.03.2016 | Canada Alberta
Kent Hehr

I want to thank Bruce Moncur for his piece, "Trudeau's Liberals Anything But Sunny Ways For Veterans," and for attending Veterans Affairs Canada's (VAC) stakeholder summit on May 9 to 10. To date, it was the department's largest and best-attended, and he made some invaluable contributions both as a member of the greater assembly and individually when we had an opportunity to speak one-on-one during a lunch break. Bruce points out in his piece that Budget 2016 did not include all of the items in the mandate letter I received from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when I took office as minister of veterans affairs in November 2015. He's right.

Iraqi Army Is 'Crushing' ISIS, Canada's Top Soldier Says

CP | Michael Petrou, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada

Brig.-Gen. Greg Smith said he underestimated Iraqi forces.

Trudeau's Liberals Anything But Sunny Ways For Veterans

Bruce Moncur | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

The Liberal government was going to allow the abeyance on the Equitas lawsuit -- the court case in which the government has been arguing the "moral obligation" they have to soldiers maimed in war -- to run out. The biggest piece of the Liberal party platform and mandate letter was the reestablishment of life-long pension, and now they are going to court to argue against it.

► Life, Death, And Service In The Canadian Forces

Salute | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada

Four stories of life, death, and service in the Canadian Forces.

The Canadian Army Reserve Is In Terrible Shape

Jonathan Wade | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Wade

According to Michael Ferguson's latest audit, the Army Reserve is clearly lacking "clear guidance on preparing for international missions, had lower levels of training as cohesive teams, and had not fully integrated this training with that of the Regular Army." Adding to that, the number of reservists is lower than needed and are not fully prepared to deploy when required.

The Man Who Saved My Life In Afghanistan Is Forever My Brother

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Living
Capt. Trevor Greene

The attack was the signal for a carefully laid Taliban ambush. Villagers scattered in all directions as the platoon came under withering fire from across the river, but amazingly there were no other casualties. Kevin called in for a dustoff chopper and ordered that smoke grenades be popped to mark our position but they landed too far away, so Kevin helped hustle my 200-pound carcass over a hundred metres to the chopper, where my Canadian stretcher had to be shoehorned into the American Black Hawk.

Canada Has 'Gone Backwards' On Peacekeeper Training: NGO Head

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.24.2016 | Canada Politics

The Liberals are facing calls to reopen a new peacekeeping training centre three years after the demise of Canada's former school.

Trudeau's Deep Military Cuts Risk Another Decade Of Darkness

Jonathan Wade | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Wade

The Liberals promised a "leaner, more agile" military, raising concerns over the size of the military. With our current commitment and the promised renewal of UN peacekeeping missions, Canadian soldiers will not be able to sustain such a high operational tempo, let alone if we slash our military numbers.

Prioritize Federal Spending On Federal Responsibilities

Susanne DiCocco | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Susanne DiCocco

The first budget delivered by the Liberals signaled a return to 1970s Trudeaupian Liberalism, not just with its flagrant disregard for balanced budgets and ballooning debt, but also by disregarding a core accountability under our Constitution: Canada's military.

Canada's Fight Against ISIS Is Far From Over

Jonathan Wade | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Wade

As a matter of fact, it could take decades, if not more. Canada pulled out of Afghanistan too early and I believe the same will happen in Iraq. Although the mission is completely different, our contribution to training troops remains almost identical.

Liberals' Military Spending Delay Leaves Canada Vulnerable

Jonathan Wade | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Wade

The Canadian Forces will once again have to wait to receive new much-needed equipment. Whether it is new fighter aircraft, ships or vehicles, the federal budget has postponed more than $3.7 billion in military spending until 2020 -- or later. As a matter of fact, the latest federal budget is another slap to the Canadian Forces' face. Bill Morneau, Canada's finance minister, said the Liberals are postponing defence spending to figure out defence priorities.

Toronto Police Probe Possible Terror Link After Stabbings At Military Site

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.15.2016 | Canada Politics

The stabbings took place Monday afternoon.

Federal Data Centre Gets Top-Secret Surprise

CBC | CBC News | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Politics

A project to build a flagship data centre has been dealt a blow after planners suddenly realized there was a top-secret military communications post getting in the way.

Canadian Spy Agency To Take A Major Role In Fight Against ISIS

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Politics

The government is deploying a capability that only a "handful of countries" in the world can provide.

We Can't Keep Denying Systemic Racism In The Canadian Forces

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

At what point does racism move from isolated incidents to a systemic problem in the Canadian Forces? Master Corporal Marc Frenette is quitting his decades-long service after years of racial harassment. Last May, Corporal Esther Wolki went public over the racial abuse she suffered and the damage it did to her mind. Not even the defence minister is immune from racist attacks. Then there's Private Wallace Fowler. For 16 years he has been trying to get the Forces to properly investigate the racism he says he endured.

Militarizing Police Does Not Serve Or Protect Canadian Citizens

Hijal De Sarkar | Posted 01.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Hijal De Sarkar

This week, we learned that the Toronto Police Service will be ordering C8 carbine semi-automatic assault rifles for front-line police officers. The assault rifles, produced by arms manufacturer Colt Canada for the Canadian Forces, will cost $2,500 each, and will be in patrol cars on the streets of Canada's largest city by May. Toronto becomes only the latest municipality to acquire a weapon described on its website as "battle proven in harsh combat environments."

Military To Refurbish 'Unsupportable' Radar Systems For CF-18s

CBC | Dean Beeby | Posted 12.31.2015 | Canada Politics

The decision to extend the life of the aging systems follows the collapse of a five-year-old procurement deal.

Canadian Warplanes Help Blunt Major ISIL Offensive

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Politics

Two CF-18s struck a fighting position belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, northwest of occupied Mosul, the embattled country's second-largest city.

Liberals Shouldn't Play Politics With Military Leaders

Bruce Moncur | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

Last week on Power and Politics, retired general and star Liberal candidate Andrew Leslie chided the Minister of Veterans Affairs "to lead or get out of the way." His tone and mannerisms were that of a general berating a captain.

Why the Military Should Take What the Liberals Say With a Grain of Salt

Bruce Moncur | Posted 09.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

The Liberals have proven time and time again to be no friend to the soldiers. Chrétien wearing his helmet on backwards (then chiding soldiers as they tried to show him how to wear it properly) and the elder Trudeau's morale-killing reorganizations have made a lasting impression on generations of military men and women who have been burned by the Liberals one too many times -- by pandering to the veteran community, the Liberals are hoping that the memory of soldiers does not go beyond the year 2000.

Canadian Pilots Accused Of Killing Civilians

CP | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada

The Globe and Mail says Canadian fighter pilots have been accused of killing civilians in a January air strike in Iraq, though it's unclear who is ...