Canadian Coast Guard

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Watching our coasts with one eye closed

The Senate Committee on National Security and Defence has recently released the latest in a series of reviews focused on maritime security. The report cogently argues for a careful delineation of responsibilities in all Canadian waters – internal and offshore – and bluntly notes: The key element of the government’s […]

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Should the navy return to the arctic?

Canada’s navy is on the cusp of yet another transformational moment. The government’s plan to build a modest fleet of arctic patrol vessels is clearly an invitation to the navy to adjust its thinking and embrace a new mission – in fact, it would be to re-embrace that mission because […]

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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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Arctic/Offshore patrol vessels – an analysis

The right decision was made and a most significant battle has been won – the Navy will now be in the Arctic with an ice-capable ship – the Arctic/Offshore Patrol Vessel (A/OPV). Quite simply, the Navy had to be in our third ocean, and we can now lay to rest […]

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A lot of questions remain unanswered

The plan to construct six ice strengthened naval Arctic patrol vessels seems to have arisen out of the blue and a lot of questions remain unanswered. The Ministers of National Defence and Fisheries and Oceans are not members of the Priorities and Planning committee that made the proposal. Were they […]

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Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (II)

Sirs: The modern day Canadian Navy has no experience in Canadian Artic waters and has not operated an icebreaker in almost a half century. Furthermore if you think a gun boat will solve your problems you are mistaken. You should analyse the reasons other countries have naval vessel vessels on […]

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Give new icebreakers to the coast guard

Neil Reynolds, in his column “Bring back the mighty ship Labrador” (Feb. 14), writes that “Canada could very quickly deploy heavy Arctic icebreakers that function simultaneously as armed naval patrol vessels.” But there is no national or military need for navy icebreakers. As Mr Reynolds notes, the Canadian navy has […]

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