Defence Budget


Private naval dockyards fleet-footed

* Moderator’s note: Originally published through the Chronicle Herald. “Your Oct. 22 article, “Rumoured top pick for Defence Minister could be bad news for Halifax,” references Irving Shipbuilding and we appreciate this opportunity to respond to certain comments made by maritime security analyst Ken Hansen. Irving Shipbuilding is proud to […]


A Commentary on “Rough Seas Ahead” by Andrea Gunn

The Thursday, October 22, 2015, issue of the ChronicleHerald (Metro Edition) carried an article by Andrea Gunn (Ottawa Bureau) entitled “Rough Seas Ahead” (p.1) that has caused some confusion about my contributions to it. I wish to correct one key issue. The Report on Transformation 2011, does not, in fact, […]


New Vimy Paper by Dave Perry – “The Growing Gap Between Defence Ends and Means”

The following announcement was sent out by the Conference of Defence Associations Institute: Ottawa, 11 June 2014 – The Conference of Defence Associations Institute is pleased to release Vimy Paper 19: “The Growing Gap Between Defence Ends and Means: The Disconnect between the Canada First Defence Strategy and the Current […]


Federal Defence spending versus Federal Health and Education spending

Tim Dunne’s article on government expenditures shows that provincial spending on health and education are huge in comparison to what the federal government spends on defence. The province of Quebec spent 30.4 percent more and the province of Ontario spent 108 percent more on health care alone than the estimated […]


Defence spending: peace groups should do better homework*

[*Moderator’s Note: This article was originally published on 25 April 2014 in the Halifax Herald Opinions section under the title “Dunne: Here’s what you’d miss if Forces were neutered.” It is reprinted here with the permission of the author.] “The government is misspending,” a Canadian Voice of Women for Peace […]


If you have nothing good to say, don’t say it.

The federal budget was delivered yesterday. Along with the usual complaints about ‘repackaging’ and ‘rebranding’ of existing funding into ‘good news’ stories, which have become the norm for Harper-style announcements, there was a stunning lack of information on the defence budget. As the largest discretionary component of federal spending, defence […]


Tory cuts to Public Service make a mockery of the ‘Defence Team’ concept

All this week, reports have been coming out from the federal government about closures and reductions in federal service programs.  Up until the various announcements, Defence Department spokespersons repeatedly declined to comment where the anticipated 1,000 jobs would be cut, citing the ‘rights’ of ‘Defence Team members’ to be advised […]


Defence Budget 2012 (II)

Despite the worst fears of Chicken Little pundits, the sky did not fall for Canadian defence in the 29 March federal budget. Predicted cuts of 8-10% or more did not materialize, and so it would appear, in the tradition of Trudeau, that many analysts have been gulled by the old […]