Once again, the government has failed our armed forces
On May 13, I wrote an article predicting what would we could expect from the defence review conducted by the Trudeau government.
I predicted there would be lots of spending – “in the future,” that the government would blame the Conservatives, that they would combine years of spending to get big and quotable numbers, and that they would talk about how we “punch above our weight.”
As I said at the time, “When the defence review is released, the government will throw out a bunch of numbers and get a lot of attention from the media. They’ll do everything they can to give the impression that they are making “historic” investments in the Canadian Military. But when we look below the surface, we can expect to see the emptiness of this government’s promises, and their weakening of our military will continue behind the scenes.”
Well, that’s exactly what happened.
The Trudeau government defence policy is a total fraud
Today’s new defence policy announced by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan (not exactly a paragon of truth), is a deceptive and manipulative piece of propaganda.
Here are the details:
- $14 billion in “new” spending, almost all of it after the 2019 election.
- Only 5,000 new troops for our severely depleted ground forces.
- An “unspecified” amount to help ill and injured soldiers. (great idea, but why aren’t there any details?)
- “Recalculating” our defence spending – apparently the 0.88% of GDP we spend on the armed forces was “under-reported.” The new “adjusted” figure is 1.18%. They took the “punching above our weight” lie even further than I expected.
- Increasing the purchase of fighter jets from 65 to 88 – after the election of course.
- Much of the “new” spending is just paying for the massive cost over-run of Canada’s new warships. The 15 ships were supposed to cost $26 billion. Now they cost $62 billion.
While all of that looks bad enough, the truth is even worse.
In the past two years, the Trudeau government has stripped $12 billion out of future military equipment spending. Now, they promise $14 billion over the next decade – with almost all of it after the next election.
This is nothing more than creative accounting, and it is a political fraud.
The government is not strengthening our military, they are only promising to put back the money they themselves cut and pay for massive cost overruns. Canada’s military is severely depleted, and it needs at least $10 billion in the next year, just to get back on it’s feet. And instead of pretending we are actually close to 2% of GDP, we need to truly exceed that level. You can’t protect a country with creative accounting.
Instead of truly giving those in uniform the equipment they need, and instead of truly investing in building a much larger and stronger Canadian Armed Forces, the Trudeau government is just shifting money around and making promises they have no intention of keeping.
There’s a reason almost all the spending is set to happen after the 2019 campaign: Trudeau has no intention of keeping these promises.
Once again, the government has let down our Canadian Armed Forces. The defence policy is all talk and no action. As a result, our country continues to be at grave risk.
The elites want to hide their many failures behind political correctness, deception, and manipulation. We need to push back and spread the truth.
That’s why I write.
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