"Ladies and gentlemen, let me begin by giving you a big welcome to Canada. Let's start up with a compliment. You're here from the second greatest nation on earth. But seriously, your country, and particularly your conservative movement, is a light and an inspiration to people in this country and across the world.” Taken from a speech Harper gave to a June 1997 Montreal meeting of the right-wing U.S. Council for National Policy… reprinted in the esteemed online rag, The Tyee. I recommend, if you have not already, check out Tyee and read this speech. It is very enlightening. http://thetyee.ca/News/2011/03/23/StephenHarpersEyes/
“The Conservatives are using up every bit of Canada’s financial capacity on three big, risky, expensive projects:· buying stealth warplanes without even the semblance of decent competition ($30 billion);· building US-style mega jails ($10 billion); and· extra corporate tax cuts for the six big banks and other large businesses that have already had their taxes cut by 35% ($6 billion/year).The net result is nothing left for families – for education, healthcare, pensions, child care or family caregivers.
The Harper regime is spending 1,000-times more to buy warplanes than they’re investing in helping students get to university or technical school.They’re spending 1,000-times more on jails than on youth crime prevention.The Harper regime wasted more on one-day of G-20 extravagance in Toronto last summer than they’ll spend in a whole year to help low-income senior citizens.This is just not good enough. Even more pathetic is the Harper regime’s appalling lack of ethics. “
|Crap Shoot Politics|
|Chinook In Winter|
|Canada's submarine, HMCS Corner Brook loading politicians|
during recent "sovereignty assertion" manoeuvres in our North.
...the inappropriateness of the F-35 stealth attack fighters that the "Harper Government" wants to spend billions on. I can't understand why the opposition focuses ONLY on the expense when the impracticality and unsuitability for Canadian needs is so much more relevant in my mind and a deal killer right there.The F-35s are designed specifically for attacking defended air space with the assistance of a mother ship to provide navigation and targeting support. Thus they seem only useful to a country planning on invading other developed countries with sophisticated air defenses (ala "Shock and Awe" over Baghdad).For more Canadian uses like patrolling the Arctic they are not so useful due to limited range (due to limited fuel capacity, they also have to be refueled enroute to almost anywhere either by air or landing and fueling). Not handy for protecting Canadian sovereignty in the North.They are also a single engine aircraft, again not the most dependable configuration for a patrol aircraft patrolling the vast wilderness of the Canadian North.
|War of 1812 (Canada & US) "Climax of Action at Crysler's Farm"|
painted by Adam Sheriff-Scott, photo by J. Gray
According to news reports and what the military has said to date about its requirements, the purchases are expected to fall into five categories:
- Up to four heavy-lift long-range transport planes to move troops, tanks and entire hospital units halfway around the globe in one shot. Estimated cost: $3 billion.
- Up to 17 heavy-lift, mid-range transport planes to replace Canada's aging fleet of Hercules aircraft. Estimated cost: $4.6 billion
- A fleet of between 12 and 15 heavy-lift helicopters to move troops and supplies quickly around war zones. Estimated cost: $4.2 billion.
- Three new troop carrier ships. Estimated cost: $2 billion.
- Up to 1,000 new trucks for the army, likely to be built in Quebec. Estimated cost: $1.1 billion.
|Canada's planned purchase: US manufactured Boeing Globemaster for heavy global reach to serve The US Empire|
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=6572At the outset of US Northern Command in April 2002, Canada accepted the right of the US to deploy US troops on Canadian soil."U.S. troops could be deployed to Canada and Canadian troops could cross the border into the United States if the continent was attacked by terrorists who do not respect borders, according to an agreement announced by U.S. and Canadian officials." (Edmonton Sun, 11 September 2002)With the creation of the BPG in December 2002, a binational "Civil Assistance Plan" was established. The latter described the precise "conditions for deploying U.S. troops in Canada, or vice versa, in the aftermath of a terrorist attack or natural disaster." (quoted in Inside the Army, 5 September 2005).
|"Guerilla Warfare: Picket Duty In Virginia"|
|And Paying The Price|
|Exercise Trident Fury 2007|
See this link re details this Trident Fury Naval Exercise;