Monthly archives: April 2011

19 posts

2011 Conservative Party election platform

Moderator’s Note:  This material is provided by .  It is from a document entitled Here For Canada, which is available at this URL: http://www.conservative.ca/media/ConservativePlatform2011_ENs.pdf (Beginning at page 16) PROMOTE CANADA’S WORLD-CLASS AEROSPACE INDUSTRY Canada’s export-oriented aerospace industry – the fifth largest in the world – employs more than 80,000 Canadians […]

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2011 Liberal Party election platform

Moderator’s Note:  This material is provided by .  It is from a document entitled Your Family. Your Future. Your Canada., which is available at this URL: http://cdn.liberal.ca/files/2011/04/liberal_platform.pdf The Modern Canadian Military The Canadian Forces do extraordinary work around the world, as well as defending our security and sovereignty at home, […]

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2011 New Democratic Party election platform

Moderator’s Note:  This material is from a document entitled Practical First Steps For Leadership On The World Stage, which is available at this URL: http://www.ndp.ca/platform/leadership-on-world-stage] Item 6.4 – Charting a New Course for Canada’s Defence We will give the men and women of the Canadian Forces, who put their lives on […]

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2011 BLOC Québécois Party election platform*

*Moderator’s Note:  This material is from a document entitled Parlons Qc, which is available at this URL: http://www.blocquebecois.org/accueil.aspx] Chapitre 21 Défense: fini les folies ! Les partis libéral et conservateur veulent dépenser 470 milliards de dollars en achats militaries et pour la défense au cours des 20 prochaines années sans […]

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2011 Green Party election platform*

*Moderator’s Note:  This material is from a document entitled Smart Economy. Strong Communities.  True Democracy., which is available at this URL: http://greenparty.ca/files/attachments/green-book-2011-en.pdf] Global action on global problems. Strengthen and enforce decisions made in the 2010 climate negotiations (COP16) to bring in the urgent and aggressive measures required globally to avoid […]

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Are Netherlands navy surplus OPVs an option?

The Royal Netherlands Navy will not be taking delivery two new Holland-class ocean-going patrol vessels, due to cutbacks in military spending. It would be interesting to read an expert opinion on Broadsides about these state of the art 3000-tonne ships and speculate on their fit in the Canadian navy. OPVs have been […]

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Is close air support a capability we need to have?

Social commentary around the F-35 issue is in general acceptance that they are needed, based almost exclusively on the age of the F-18s.  There is an interesting comment in the paper today about the CF-18s in Libya (The Globe and Mail, “NATO split threatens Libyan effort”).  Seems that the CF-18s […]

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Necessary dialogue is being prevented for partisan purposes

I’ve found this series of exchanges VERY helpful, and many, many thanks to Hugh [Williamson] for collecting and distributing the party platform materials in such accessible form. [Moderator’s Note: These documents will be posted shortly.] I have nothing to contribute to the discussion on the technical side, although I confess […]

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Is ‘full spectrum’ fighter capability relevant for the air force?

In response to Anne Griffith’s comment about the F-35 brief, I was at the same briefing and was similarly unimpressed.  It was very much a “glossy brochure” type of brief – very shiny but very much lacking any convincing argument.  One thing that bothers me is the lack of any real […]

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