Stephen Harper

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Volumetrics and strategic effect

Brian Stewart, formerly Senior Correspondent for CBC’s national news programme “The National” and now Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Munk Centre at the University of Toronto, filed a report on 10 February about the performance of the navy in response to the Haitian earthquake.  You can read his report here. […]

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Re: Ottawa halts $1.6B upgrade of aging aircraft

The most recent article reporting on the state of Canada’s Aurora long-range patrol fleet appeared in the Toronto Star on 20 September in the form of a brief Canadian Press story confirming a CBC News report.  The gist of the article is that Ottawa “…has halted a $ 1.6-billion upgrade […]

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Accrual accounting – For Canada First only?

Mea Culpa. This article by Murray Brewster points out what I should have picked up on before – the much ballyhooed tank acquisition announced in April DIDN’T include an amount for in-service support. Apparently, so far as I can determine, (a query has been forwarded to local Public Affairs, and […]

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A first impression

Those who have been uneasy about the prospects for significant increases in government expenditures on the Canadian Forces in general, and on their Maritime assets in particular, presumably have found little comfort in the 2007 budget. The relatively small allocations to environmental allowances ($60 million per year), the creation of […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XIX)

David Perry: Then, Rob Huebert re-entered the debate, circulating a draft editorial for the national media, the key points of which were: “If the leaked reports are true, the Harper Government is about to announce that it has changed its mind about three new ice-breakers, deep-water port and replacements of […]

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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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