The new Liberal government-in-waiting in Ottawa evidently is about to call “eject, eject, eject” on the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II for the Royal Canadian Air Force.
The sinking of the Newfoundland Fishing Vessel Atlantic Charger raised questions like “where was the damn chopper” regarding Canada’s Arctic search and rescue capability.
The Munk Debate on Monday was by far the best debate so far in this campaign. It was civil, generally not a cacophony, and Canadians could hear leaders positions on a variety of themes – well articulated and without interruption. We are better for that, and congratulations to Munk and Rudyard Griffiths for that success.
Both opposition leaders speak of evidence-based policy,but they should refrain from fallling into the trap of emotions-based policy.
There’s a body of opinion which holds that retired military officers should eschew politics, that lending their names and/or ranks to a political campaign is a form of prostitution, and that using their experience and leadership skills in the civilian world is somehow "wrong".
It is 39 days into Canada's federal campaign, and there's a sense of "enough already"… at least the daily dose of the economy. We know now the details of each leader's priorities with respect to balanced budgets, spending and deficits. We have a pretty good idea of how the economy would grow under the three differing options . There's enough information to make choices on that front. Enough already.
The Aussies Shape a Path of Combat Innovation: Plan Jericho and the Way Ahead. I recently returned from Australia where the Royal Australian Air Force is put in motion what they call Plan Jericho. In effect, the RAAF is providing the Australian Defense Force with an approach to transform jointness, or how the various elements of the ADF can work together to enhance combat effect.