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Remembrance Day has passed. Now remember this: Without a comprehensive plan to re-equip the Canadian Armed Forces for the challenges that lie ahead, our soldiers, sailors and aircrew are placed at an unfair and unnecessary disadvantage. The money has been promised—all $62.3 billion of it—but spending it won’t be so easy for the Department...
  • What to do about North Korea?

    May 17, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Canada went to war in 1950 because North Korea’s invasion of South Korea was a clear affront to the principles of the still-fledgling United Nations and was viewed as a potential stepping stone to more serious confrontation in Eastern Europe. In fact, for decades it...
  • Testing North American air space

    May 10, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Recent approaches by Russian Cold War-era bombers off Alaska and the Canadian Arctic mark a significant escalation in such activity representing the most concentrated batch of Russian long-range missions in some time. But in all the years that Soviet and, later, Russian aircraft have embarked...
  • Sajjan under fire

    May 3, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is under fire for comments he made overstating his role in one of the biggest battles of the war in Afghanistan. But what were his transgressions, really, and what price should he pay, if any? Sajjan apologized quickly and unequivocally for...
  • How independent should an ombudsman be?

    April 25, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Like his predecessors, military ombudsman Gary Walbourne is engaged in what appears to be a futile battle for independence from his masters at the Department of National Defence and in the Canadian Armed Forces. In his March report, entitled The Case for a Permanent and...
  • The chief of the defence staff has a theory: happy retirees make for more and better recruits. Appearing before the Senate Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs, General Jonathan Vance said recruitment, training and treatment of Canadian Armed Forces personnel is “at a turning point.” It has...
  • Ships and airplanes—for sovereignty’s sake

    April 12, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Canada’s coastline is the world’s longest. Its landmass is second largest. And its territorial waters are massive. According to the Geological Survey of Canada, the country’s coastline including bays, inlets, islands and the like, runs 243,000 kilometres—almost three times the world’s second-longest shore, Indonesia’s. Its...
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