Debating Defence and Naval Policy (IV)

Cutting the navy by over twenty percent and our military maritime surveillance capability by about a third, for marginal savings, will cripple Canada's ability to ensure its maritime security. Historically, promises by any Canadian government have never been fulfilled unless forced by political embarrassment. Buying transport aircraft and helicopters for employment in far off lands at the expense of military and naval resources critical to the security and the sovereignty of Canada seem to be driven by a desire, by some in the military leadership, for military adventures such as Afghanistan rather than a plan based on our national interests. If this plan is approved Canada will essentially have renounced its maritime sovereignty to other nations, something that will never be regained, something that will have a profound impact on all Canadians.