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YOU SAID IT: Join forces with U.S.

Ottawa Sun logo Ottawa Sun 2023-03-23 Letters to the Editor
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As the Department of National Defence is inviting public consultation on National Defence policy, here we go.

With a more than $25-billion-per-year budget, you would think we would have equipment to at least protect our borders. We don’t and the current demand on the military weapon supply chain makes our needs impossible to fulfil. I have known many fine, proud Canadian career military members, and every one of them envies the U.S military’s advanced equipment and systems. The Canadian force is respected around the world for its knowledge, commitment and training abilities.

Canada’s current expert and leader of our military affairs, Anita Anand, has a new 20-year plan, according to a new report. That is why our forces’ top guns are, I believe, looking for public input as the pace at which our government plans on supplying our needs just won’t do.

Being that the U.S. has about 340 million people, about 10 times our 38 million, and that we share such a vast border, plus that we have a North that neither country can protect alone, let’s join forces. Canadian and American forces training on the same equipment, supplied by the U.S., would make the most sense in “these new times.” All we need are the weapons to train on, no other changes needed.

A deal made with our best friends to the south with our $25 billion per year going to them, instead of our defence minister deciding how to spend it, would only strengthen both countries’ military. It’s a win-win.

When it comes to wartime, we will need each other. Let’s be prepared together. We can’t do it on our own.



(Intriguing. But we’d effectively have no military of our own then, right?)


As a retired police officer, I know the truth about the Thin Blue Line. It dates back 100 years in policing. It stands for the police being the protectors of society over those who would do wrong. Later it became the recognition of those who sacrificed their lives in that duty.

In 2017, the symbol was hijacked by fringe elements. Releasing this symbol of honour and giving it to those fringe elements is the last thing the community should support.



(Seems there are two solitudes on this issue.)


Donald Trump said that he could end the war in Ukraine in 24 hours. Trump lies about lies. He will say anything, anything, to gain support. If, by chance, Trump is re-elected as U.S. president in 2024, kiss world peace, stability, democracy and freedoms goodbye.



(You said it better than we could.)


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