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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XII)

David Perry: Again, a historical reminder made it clear that the situation was hardly new. Gimblett explained that the record of Canadian naval force development provided an alarming trend: “Every 20 years or so we go through a boom and bust cycle: the changing security environment demands we build up […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (VII)

David Perry: A couple of days later, on 4 February, the Winnipeg Free Press published an editorial by Peter Haydon of Dalhousie University, that echoed some of Eric Lerhe’s unpublished concerns and took a more precise maritime security approach in addition to raising concerns over the apparent savings from the […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (VI)

David Perry: According to David Pugliese, Gordon O’Connor said that the defence strategy is not yet finished and it is inaccurate to claim the Conservatives are changing their views on the Arctic. “Defending Artic [sic] Sovereignty is part of Canada’s New Government’s Canada First Defence Strategy”. Pugliese explained that “In […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (V)

David Perry: Although the issue seemed quiet, on 2 February, The Ottawa Citizen published another article by David Pugliese, which laid out some of the facts and differing opinions on the government’s Arctic policy, specifically the security aspects of that policy. One contentious issue was the apparent government flip-flop on […]

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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 […]

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