Eye On Defence

Eye on defence: LAVs and hard facts
Eye On Defence

Eye on defence: LAVs and hard facts

Few events in the world of Canadian defence policy bring out hand-wringing more than news that a Canadian company has successfully concluded a large arms deal with a foreign government, especially when that government is not deemed as pure as ours by the usual suspects. And that is just what happened very early in the year when the new federal government refused to block a sale concluded in early 2014 for $15 billion worth of Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs), built by General Dynamics Land Systems Canada, to the Saudi Arabian National Guard. The uproar was immediate: how could the new “peace-loving” Liberal government allow such an agreement to go forward? Didn’t they know that the Saudi National Guard’s main purpose is to protect the Saudi royal family from its own people? Doesn’t Saudi...
Time for a new defence White Paper
Eye On Defence

Time for a new defence White Paper

The defence platform of the newly elected Liberal government was not extensive and in part vague, as other parties’ election promises were. But there were two promises the Liberals made that require a closer look. The first of these was the promise that the Report on Transformation 2011, written by a team headed by Lieutenant-General Andrew Leslie in 2010, would be implemented. The second was a pledge to strengthen Canada’s navy in a number of specific ways with new ships and specific missions. The transformation report was prepared and written just after Leslie had stepped down from command of the army and before he retired from the Canadian Armed Forces. He is now a Liberal MP, elected on Oct. 19. It is a very thorough document in which Leslie and his team examined military headquart...