Tidbits from Both Sides of the Fight

Back, with the Red Machine’s defence platform highlights

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From this platform document, with my comments in red:

  • “A Liberal government will maintain current National Defence spending levels, including current planned increases.”
  • “The Canada First Defence Strategy is underfunded and out of date. We will immediately begin an open and transparent review process to create a new Defence White Paper that will replace Harper’s failed Canada First Defence Strategy” (actually a decent idea, but let’s see how long that takes)
  • “As a key procurement priority, we will fast track and expand the capital renewal of the Royal Canadian Navy.” (we’ll see if this is the government wanting to buy ships quicker that’ll get ‘er done)
  • “We will not purchase the F-35 stealth fighter-bomber” (any plans to deal with the industrial fallout – Canadian companies not getting F-35 work – from pulling out of that?)
  • “We will implement the recommendations made in the Canadian Forces’ report on Transformation (will there be the appetite to cut @ the top levels?  more on that – including the report – here)
  • “We will not lapse military funding from year to year, and we will re-invest in building a leaner, more agile, better equipped military.”  (Any plans to allow other departments to do the same then?)
  • “We will end Canada’s combat mission in Iraq. (And what about those planes & folks not dropping bombs on Operation Impact?)  We will re-focus Canada’s military contribution in the region on the training of local forces (with who doing the training?), while providing more humanitarian support and immediately welcoming 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada.”
  • “We will remain firmly committed to operations REASSURANCE and UNIFER in Central and Eastern Europe.”  (with the potential for maybe moooooooooore?)
  • “A Liberal government will make new and significant investments to meet the sacred obligation that we have to our veterans” (At what total cost?  Or will this one be shaved back once the amount of money needed to treat vets properly becomes clear?)

A touch more, from the former Liberal defence critic:

  • “…. If elected, a Trudeau Liberal government will bring real change to defence policy by de-politicizing it (this will never, ever, ever happen in Canada – building military stuff = jobs for Canadians – see bit in green below) , and consulting in good faith with all parties to determine the kinds of missions we are likely to ask our armed forces to undertake over both the short and long-term.  We will fix the broken procurement system to ensure that the Canadian Armed Forces gets the right equipment to carry out the missions that they are likely to undertake, at the right price for taxpayers, while delivering important industrial regional benefits to provide good jobs for Canadians across the country.  Canadians expect our troops to be treated with respect, and that will be a top priority for our government. We will live up to our responsibility to protect those who protect us; review and fix gaps in support of injured CAF members; provide medical, psychological and logistical support to military families; and ensure all needed medical positions are filled ….”

We’ll see how well the platform plan survives in the face of the “contact” of what the books tell the Liberals when they take the reins.




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