The generals are upset. We hear that the government wants to cut a billion dollars from the military budget. Which means we are reneging again on our promise to our NATO allies that we will spend two per cent of our national gross domestic product on preparing for war—or, at least some peace-keeping. There is always a fight going on somewhere in this fractious world.
It means we better not go to war with anyone while this cut is happening. I was assuming that the arms and ammunition we were sending to help Ukraine were out of our military budget anyway. It does not seem to read as a ploy to cut spending on the Ukraine.
If they asked me, which I doubt, I would cut the stupid F-35A from the Americans. This is supposed to be a $14.2 billion deal over the next ten years. The way these aircraft deals with the Americans work, you end up spending twice as much because the planes need constant upgrades and fixes. Canada would end up ten years from now with what ever of the 88 planes that have not crashed from trying to get from one part of our country to another without refueling. Why we would buy any planes that are short range fighters instead of long-range patrol aircraft is either a testament to the persuasive salesmanship of the Americans or our own stupidity. The only practical consideration is that the Americans let us sell them some parts for the F-35 because we have been pouring money into the development of the plane for the past 20 years.
Of course, part of the billion-dollar savings will be in personnel. At a time when more and more our military are being deployed for national emergencies such as floods, forest fires and other disasters, we might have more generals available than we have the lower ranks. We would have nobody for peace keeping or any of that other aid-type stuff that once earned Canada a reputation as a country willing to help.
Dare I mention that Canada once had a plane called the AVRO Arrow. It was one of the most advanced fighter aircraft ever designed in the world. Our politicians put an end to that foolishness and cancelled it before it went too far.
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