Debating Defence and Naval Policy (III)

Ian Parker of Ottawa sent a strongly worded letter to the editor of The Ottawa Citizen on 2 February but it was not published. In hindsight, this was not surprising as the issue quickly went cold and may have fallen into the shadow of the story of the enquiry into deaths of Afghanis by Canadian soldiers. Parker's letter brought out many of the long-standing concerns and included sentiments expressed quietly by many former naval persons, especially the view that "The Liberals, for decades, emasculated Canada's military and security forces. Further reductions, even in the name of re-building, will exacerbate an already critical situation."