Does Canada face unmanageable simultaneous commitments to NORAD and NATO? The House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence (SCND) recently went In Camera to start drafting its long-awaited report on “Canada and the Defence of North America”, an issue the Members of Parliament have been studying for the better part of a year. Is the air force tripping up on policy changes?
The future of peacekeeping missions and defence spending commitments are vague.
MND acknowledged that “this is not the peacekeeping of the past.” Truer words were never spoken, but what does it mean for Canada?
Obligations to shareholders and the markets are all very nice and, frankly, understandable. But what about obligations to taxpayers everywhere who ultimately foot the bills?
“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter,” said Winston Churchill. The question is, should politicians make more effort to educate the "average voter" on issues related to national defence?
Why does military procurement take up only 4 of the 269 pages in the federal budget for 2016?
Several issues facing the Prime Minister and his still-fledgling government fall into the damned if you do, damned if you don’t category. Then there’s the Middle East.
Minister Sajjan’s credentials and influence within cabinet and caucus are going to be tested in the coming months.
Is it essential to include Mexico as an equal defence partner with Canada and the United States?
The campaign for the 2015 general election has, in fact, been going on ever since the Conservative Party of Canada turned its two parliamentary minorities into its first majority back in May 2011.
There is a nagging perception that the terrorists have won – in a fiscal sense at least.
With the next election set for 19 October, the government faces relentless Opposition in the House of Commons. To avoid making a decision that may cost it votes, the government is leaving the fighter jet replacement millstone in the custody of the National Fighter Procurement Secretariat (NFPS), which was set up in early 2012. However, further study is pointless and a decision is long overdue.