Month: July 2015

Face to Face

Face To Face: Should the Canadian government have authorized the forcible evacuation inland of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War?

  Author J.L. Granatstein says YES. Author Pamela Sugiman says NO. Granatstein has written dozens of books, including Who Killed Canadian History? and Canada’s Army: Waging War and Keeping the Peace. He is a former director and CEO of the Canadian War Museum. Sugiman is a professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University and former director of the national executive board of the National Association of Japanese Canadians.   J.L. GRANATSTEIN YES   No one today believes that the civil liberties of Canadians should ever be rudely violated. We bristle at the idea, and so we should. But Canada is (nominally) at peace in 2015; in 1942, however, we were at war, and the enemy was winning. In Europe, the Germans were at the gates of Mos...
Eye On Defence: July/August

Eye On Defence: July/August

New minister needs a new defence strategy Figuring out where Canadian defence policy and priorities are going in this post-Afghanistan era has become exceedingly difficult. For one thing, defence policy is supposedly still being guided by the Canada First Defence Strategy (CFDS), which was first announced some seven years ago and which is, in many respects, considerably obsolete. To take just one example, it lists one of Canada’s top defence priorities as providing security for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics! Work on a revised CFDS was underway as recently as last spring under a blanket of secrecy, but there is no sign that it will appear any time soon. The question of how the Royal Canadian Air Force will move ahead to replace the CF-18 fighters that are currently bombing ISI...

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