Mark Collins – Canadian Election: NDP to Push For Strengthened Canadian Forces?

Well, if you believe that I’ve got an appointment with the tooth fairy for you. The oh so progressive New Democrats are nonetheless blowing up a bit of a trial balloon based on the Conservative government’s minimal defence spending (more below). See this post of mine at Milnet.ca, note my comments in brackets; then see this earlier post here on NDP-supporter Prof. Michael Byers, mentioned at the end of the quote at Milnet.ca:

The Canadian Forces, or, The Byers Disarmament Plan

The good professor tweets most partisan here: @michael_byers. And, just in case one thinks the NDP would really boost the military capabilities of the forces, look who’s tweeting in favour of the party’s “secret weapon”:

Now the Rideau Institute is in fact a quasi-pacifist outfit–see the end of this post:

Government-funded Peaceniks: Ceasefire.ca and the Rideau Institute, or…

So anything they favour cannot actually be good in serious defence terms. But the government for its part certainly has left that flank open for exploitation; one just wishes the exploitation were sincerely aimed at improving the Canadian Forces’ strength:

Another Decade of Darkness for the Canadian Forces?

Another Decade of Darkness for the Canadian Forces? Part 2

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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