The Canadian military once a marvel of peacekeeping prowess today is nothing more than an aging shell. Perhaps worst of all Canada’s current military strategy is only likely to make it worse. The current government plan is to buy Australian jets made in the 1980’s which have described the planes as a “bucket of rusted−out bolts”.
Why is the government choosing to weaken our airforce?
To protect the interests of Bombardier a private corporation which receives large subsidies from the Canadian and Quebec governments instead of properly outfitting our troops.
This lack of real action is not new and not only apparent in our air force.
The National Shipbuilding Strategy a $38 billion, multi-year plan to supply new vessels to the Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy out of shipyards in Halifax and Vancouver is dogged by what seems to a decade of beurocratic bickering.
Tens of billions of dollars over budget, the program is already failing at every turn.
For example, the most recent purchase of 15 frigates to replace the Navy’s current fleet originally budgeted at $26 billion, is now estimated to cost at least $62 billion. The government had other options, including an Italian and French offer which would have provided the ships at half the cost and far earlier. Yet the government once again chose a more expensive and outright worse action in favor of provincial interests.
The armed forces should not be used as political bargaining chips. Our protection and the quality of our army, navy, and air force should be based on the size of our economy and the state of world affairs.
Today our economy is larger than ever, and all around us rogue nations are becoming stronger and more dominant. Yet our armed forces are in a worse condition than ever before.
It’s time the Canadian government separated military interests and their political games.