What level of tax increase would you support for Canada to increase NATO funding (assuming that, as a conservative, you support balanced budgets)?
In the alternative, what programs would you cut or eliminate?
Beyond that, I think creating an international police force (IPF) with a maximum of 100,000 well trained and equipped men who would all have to know an easy-to-learn common language like Esperanto could probably save tremendously on administrative costs too. Beyond that, it would provide a fully bilingual force with a common language and each soldier knowing one of many different second languages. This would make it a far more effective force in its ability to communicate with locals and others in times of conflict.
Before we increase spending, why not seek out efficiencies first.
I would support the Canadian forces if they would stay home to defend Canada but not to go overseas as an adjunct to the Yankees and Brits. They should be used to help out with natural disasters at home and to defend our borders but this helping the Yankees bomb the hell out of Libya and Afghanistan is phuked up.
The Surface Combattant bidding process for the Navy is (hopefully) finally near completion after well over a decade of blundering incompetence. These are the replacement ships for the Patrol Frigates in service now and the recently paid off Iroquois class Guided Missile Destroyers. The last series of bids were all rejected as the Navy specs for various features were not met. Three bidders are to re-submit this July and hopefully, the wheels will begin to turn.
I mention this because there will be 15 ships built for a total of around 45 billion dollars. If the Gliberal Government does what the previous government did, they will announce to signing of the contract with "See! See how much more we're spending on defence, now!" Without actually opening their purses and spending a nickel. The Conservatives did that several times : announcing bold, new Defence acquisitions but not really buying anything. In the end, they reduced total defence spending and did not increase it as per their verbal contract with our allies (and the voters).
If you think that I am singling out the Tories for criticism, we just launched an AOR (Replenishment ship) from the Davie Shipyard in Quebec City last November. It is a bold, new venture involving leasing a vessel from a private contractor (the Brits have similar auxilliaries in their fleet). The ship was fabricated from an ice hardened, double hull container ship hull that was built in Germany 7 years ago. It was totally gutted like a canoe and a whole new ship was built onto it. Well done! It was on time, on budget and a really good lease-to-own buy for the Canadian taxpayer. MV ASTERIX! It is in Hawaii right now on manoevers. The bad news, Liberal part is that Davie is not on their "approved" shipyard list, even though they have built and serviced a lot of our naval and Coast Guard vessels. This is for 100% partisan reasons (an Admiral was even fired for it) and the only two "Liberal APPROVED" shipyards are Irving in Halifax and Seaspan in Vancouver. So, instead of having Davie repeat the identical vessel a couple more time saving the taxpayer a billion bucks or two, we have to wait for the partisan Liberal Seaspan to build a different design to be delivered some time ... way off in the future. Nice bit of dough to distribute on the West Coast, though. If we'd stuck with Davie, the second AOR would be in the water late next year for a shitpile less money and the Navy would be times more operational.
But getting back to the OP Upper Canada was basically populated by ex Royal service men, many of whom were plucked from Scotland and Ireland, served the King, and were rewarded with lands.
The ancient ballad Lowlands of Holland is all about this.
no there hasn't - but bless your heart.
this is exactly why we cannot take your word for whether something like social spending has been explained or not.
Between '1993 to FY 2013 total US expenditures on climate change amount to more than $165 Billion. More than $35 Billion is identified as climate science.'
check out the founding of Talbotville. Brit veterans were paid off with Canadian lands right up to at least confederation if not beyond.
I know a lot about the Talbot settlement. The Butler's Rangers veterans were a big part of the settlement on the Niagara Pennisula and the Eastern Townships too but still, most of the Loyalists were planters and farmers. When the Rideau Canal system was built later on, the area was intentionally populated with military veterans so that a defensive militia could be quicky assembled from the surrounding lands. This was actually a design element of what became the most expensive defensive system in the British Empire.
I agree these innovated approaches should be embraced not admonished.
We did and it lasted for forty years. The Western Alliance ...the one that your demented POTUS is about to end, fought it together and won it ... for a time, anyway and hundreds of thousands of us were a part of it.
Canada in a forty year Naval Battle with the Soviet Union and you were in it. Wow. What was it like?
Cold and noisy. Canada was also in a six year naval battle with Nazi Germany, before it. I wasn't in that one but it was cold, noisy and deadly.
What exactly IS your problem? You clearly have some sort of a screw loose to come on to a Canadian forum where we are discussing Canadian defence issues to lip off like a ten year old school yard bully? What the fukc is wrong with you?
I can't say. If you told me how NATO benefits us I might be able to give a better answer. I'm not all that horny about us sticking our noses into other people's squabbles.
That would be about the best sure sign of sanity that I can think of.
Lots of people are probably itching to ask you the same question.
Well, we get the security protection of the US at a big discount, so it would make sense for us
to be on good terms with them.
I mean we could step out of NATO, have zero military, and we still get the US security umbrella.
Except from them of course.
We have a history of coming and helping the West.
We still get to train some young men to be better men.
We get the extra bonus of watching Trump destroy and humiliate PM Selfie.