There are lively ongoing discussions about the 2006 General Election on army.ca; members, like most Canadians, appear divided. Most are finding little to choose between the two major parties; neither has made defence a major issue; both are apparently using national security/national defence issues only for local advantage.
The Ruxted Group, which consists of serving and retired military members and some civilians with an abiding interest in military/defence matters, offers, here, some thoughts on defence policy for the parties’ use during the remainder of the campaign.
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We note a disturbing tendency towards equating various defence purchasing initiatives with political agendas. Some argue that virtually any purchase of defence capability is counterproductive or, worse, dangerous as it is designed to draw Canada closer to the American orbit and to enable Canada to participate in US-led adventurism. Others counter with virtually knee-jerk support to US policy and for defence purchases that support those policies.
The result is confusion as to why the Canadian Forces exist, what it should accomplish and how military capabilities can be developed to support those goals.
The fact of the matter is that the Canadian Forces exist solely to give the government of the day - any government - policy options. The more capability the military has, the more options are available.
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