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Defence plan: believe it when rubber hits the road

By Scott Taylor      

Canadian governments have historically been much better at promising military equipment than they have been at buying it.

General Dynamics Land Systems Canada shows off one of its lightly armoured vehicles at the 2016 CANSEC military equipment trade show in Ottawa. There is plenty of hardware available for purchase to shore up Canada's armed forces, if and when the government comes up with enough cash to pay for it. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

OTTAWA—Last Wednesday’s release of Canada’s new defence policy reminded me of the old Peanuts cartoon. In a long-running gag, Lucy promises to hold the football in place for Charlie Brown to kick. Charlie Brown is always suspicious, and reminds Lucy that on every previous occasion she has snatched away the football at the last moment, leaving him kicking at air and landing flat on his back. Somehow, Lucy is always able to convince simple Charlie that this time

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