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Punching below our weight 
Posted (2017-06-11)

It’s not so much the money that’s being added to the military’s budget, it’s what it will buy: fighter planes, warships and drones mostly. No mention in recent speeches of peace-keeping or disaster relief (two things Canadians are especially good at).

Rather than hiding behind American skirts, we are becoming America. I note that the only concrete measure to come out of Chrystia Freelander’s ‘made-in-Canada’ foreign policy speech is this increase in spending on the military – which is exactly what President Trump is demanding of NATO members.

She draped her speech in liberal ideals of Bretton Woods and the WTO and the G7/20. But the world is a very different place since WW2. I’m not happy Canada is plunging further into debt by preparing for war in a world that is desperate for peace.


Sadly it is a different world and some solid Canadian military capability is needed, for example,  to support the Ukraine and the Baltic states as well as in our own Arctic. Peace keeping is complementary to this military strength rather than instead of it and our disaster relief right now is just that - a disaster.

Done properly our military build up can be a wonderful source of skilled training for young Canadians that they can build on post military. It's better than McJobs artificially rewarded through unsustainably high minimum wages.


I favour the expansion of our military strength ... although so much of this spending is back-loaded and may not move beyond a promise.

Peace-keeping should not fall to a single country ... my view is it needs to be managed by the UN, but we can be a prime time player. Our rep has definitely taken a hit with Rwanda and other incidents.

I take issue with this as a job-creation measure.  We don't need more taxpayer funded jobs!  And those people flipping burgers at MCDonald's do need a higher wage.  Or maybe they can flip burgers at military kitchens and probably be paid 2X more , get an indexed pension and get paid by, you guessed it ... the taxpayer?

Stan Didzbalis

You are correct that there is no rationale for using the military for or any other sector for non productive artificial direct job creation but that was not my point. In my view, skilled military jobs that are created for legitimate foreign policy/ defence reasons are better than propped up McJobs or direct employment, short term and long term.



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