"Harper has chosen expensive military hardware instead of the promised icebreakers, which would have served civilian needs, and been civilian-controlled"
The 2nd item is that Harper's vgovernment announced a $200 million payment for a 'military college' in Quebec.
I fear that a change in our youth could come of that spending: "Gee, I cannot afford university where costs keep going UP, but I could be an officer in the army 'cuz I get to go for free to the 'military college' and learn how to kill people better".
So whats going on? It appears that Canada is leaning far to the right, going towards the flames instead of putting them out.
We are seeing militarisation "as an attitude" growing in Canada, which is utterly abhorant to pacifists and peacemongers, as well as environmentalists. Government spending on military is growing, educational factilites for military officer training are being built, recruiting efforts are growing [especially in pooer areas of Canada]. None of that is good news, and if it has something to do with the fake "War on Terror" then it is also silly and wastefull.
Militarisation of any nation is either in advance of some expected outbreak of war, or to serve the military-industrial alliance that sees huge amounts of money [see the previous thread!] going to the factories that produce military hardware. Those are the favorite 'corporate friends' of conservatives here and in America and around the world.
Environmentally, in this era of global warming where emissions continue to INCREASE, war would mean an escalation of greenhouse gasses emissions. Since that represents a far greater threat to our species than our enemies do, we must streer away from further militarisation. Besides, there is no enemy of Canada, and if the USA chooses to create enemies, let them fight their own stupid wars.