Defence Budget

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Defence Budget 2012

The Federal Budget will be tabled in just a few hours and, by most accounts, a major part of the expected cuts will be borne by the Department of Defence. The end of combat operations in Afghanistan seems like as good a reason as any to reduce defence spending from […]

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Defence Budget 2007 – where are we now?

With Budget 2008 quickly approaching, it’s time to take another look at defence spending. Eric Lerhe, in his previous Budget commentary, accurately assessed that the defence budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007/2008 would be moderately increased by Budget 2007, to approximately $16.7B. Since Budget 2007, however, spending for FY 2007/2008 […]

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Defence Budget 2007

Denis Stairs has already introduced some aspects of the recent budget that should cause us some concern. In presenting a slightly more optimistic view of the actual funding levels, I fully support his view that one shouldn’t “count on” any of this money or new equipment until one sees firmer […]

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Following That $175M

As Denis Stairs noted in his budget article, one of the few defence announcements in the Harper government’s Budget 2007 was the acceleration of $175M from fiscal year 2009-2010, to 2007-2008. This, as Stairs notes, might well reflect a looming operational bill from the Afghan mission. A recent report in […]

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