Canada Military

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Trudeau Gov't Hasn't Ruled Out Military Role In Syria: Parliamentary Secretary | Althia Raj | Posted 04.17.2017 | Canada Politics

Chrystia Freeland repeated last week that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad “has to go.”

Canada's Top Soldier Defends Liberals' Delay On Military Funding

CP | Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2017 | Canada Politics

The question of military spending has taken on a life of its own over the last year.

Federal Budget Brings Back Slippery, Cynical Liberal Party Of Old

Sid Ryan | Posted 03.27.2017 | Canada Politics
Sid Ryan

Thanks to the federal budget presented by Finance Minister Bill Morneau, we saw not the self-described feminist, environmentalist, progressive Justin T, but the reigning prime minister of austerity and broken promises. Clearly, "sunny ways" for the "middle class" are no longer part of his weather forecast.

Liberal Budget Brings New Decade Of Darkness For Canadian Forces

Paul Franklin | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Politics
Paul Franklin

The Trudeau government's second budget is more a cautionary one than one with the revolutionary zeal of the first. The budget does show us that the military is not a priority, with no increases and deferred spending on purchasing for eight years. From the time of Trudeau's father and former prime minister Pierre Trudeau to the times of Jean Chretien, the military has never been the priority of the Liberals.

Feds Take Next Step In Buying Super Hornet Fighter Jets

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.20.2017 | Canada Politics

The government sent a letter to the U.S. government today outlining exactly what it needs in the warplanes.

Canada Facing Potentially Awkward Questions About ISIL Mission

CP | Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.05.2017 | Canada Politics

Canada has said little about the potential long-term effects of its mission.

Sajjan Hints At New Military Funding After Meeting U.S. Counterpart

CP | Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Politics

The Liberal government is currently drawing up a new defence policy.

National Defence Deletes Report Critical Of Fighter Jets Off Website

CP | Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada Politics

The department says it took down the report because of concerns it contained classified information.

The Canadian Army Is In Shambles

David Easey | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada Politics
David Easey

It's horrifying to think that our soldiers are prone to an array of violence on the battlefield, but it's now clear there's widespread violence within the army's own ranks. A cycle of systematic abuse exists and nothing's being done to stop it.

Canadian Soldier Found Dead In Jordan

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada

His death has been classified as non-combat .

Infectious Diseases An Unseen Enemy Soldiers Face From Day One

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

While our thoughts may focus on the moments in which soldiers have gone to battle to face a known enemy, we tend to forget another kind of foe facing the troops. This one isn't human, however, it's microbial. Indeed, infectious diseases have claimed millions of lives and at times left those who fight in dire straits.

The Fellowship Of The Mess

Sean Mallen | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada
Sean Mallen

When military officers meet to dine, there is no gentle tapping of the glasses to draw the attention of the group. Nor is there a gentle "excuse me" murmured at ever increasing volume until the room settles down. Nope. A genial, but no-nonsense fellow briskly raps a gavel at the front of the table and immediately has your attention.

Military To Probe Deaths Of Military College Grads

CP | Michelle McQuigge | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada

Four recent graduates of Kingston's RMC have died since April.

Top Soldier Doesn't Agree With More Calls For Military Oversight

CP | Posted 08.05.2016 | Canada Politics

Lt.-Gen. Guy Thibault used his last speech in uniform to criticize unfair military scrutiny.

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.

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.

Trudeau's Deep Military Cuts Risk Another Decade Of Darkness

Jonathan Wade | Posted 04.15.2017 | 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 04.09.2017 | 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.

Marine Surprising His Mom During Chemo Will Make You Cry

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Living

Grab some tissues.

Liberals' Military Spending Delay Leaves Canada Vulnerable

Jonathan Wade | Posted 04.05.2017 | 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.

Security Review Launched After Ottawa Shooting Still Incomplete

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.16.2017 | Canada Politics

A defence spokesperson was unable to say why the review — seen as urgent in the aftermath of the Islamic State-inspired attacks — was taking so long.

Transport Canada Wants Drones To Watch Arctic Waters

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.10.2017 | Canada Politics

The drones would help look for environmental problems, keep tabs on shifting sea ice and boost Canadian sovereignty over northern waters.

Why Canada's New National Defence Policy Matters

Sean Speer | Posted 02.01.2017 | Canada Politics
Sean Speer

Foreign and defence policy has loomed over Parliament's first week back to work. Question Period is focused on big questions about when and where to use the Canadian Armed Forces, what values to champion abroad, and how to engage recalcitrant regimes. This is heady stuff.

Military Facing Significant Shortfall In Reserves

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.26.2017 | Canada Politics

Part-timers are bailing.

Militarizing Police Does Not Serve Or Protect Canadian Citizens

Hijal De Sarkar | Posted 01.22.2017 | 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."