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Military spending, alone, will not bring security: Sen. Roche

The logic presented to us is that more money for defence equals more security for Canadians, this is simply not true

Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the chorus of demands for an increase in military spending has become deafening. In a succession of reports, Canadians are being warned that their military is on the verge of collapse and can only be saved with a quick infusion of several billion dollars. This is a familiar refrain. Ever since the budget cuts of the mid-1990s, the defence lobby has been warning that our withering military capability is making it impossible to fulfill Canadian priorities and values abroad. The logic presented to us is that more money for defence equals more security for Canadians. This is simply not true.

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Military spending, alone, will not bring security: Sen. Roche

The logic presented to us is that more money for defence equals more security for Canadians, this is simply not true

Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the chorus of demands for an increase in military spending has become deafening. In a succession of reports, Canadians are being warned that their military is on the verge of collapse and can only be saved with a quick infusion of several billion dollars. This is a familiar refrain. Ever since the budget cuts of the mid-1990s, the defence lobby has been warning that our withering military capability is making it impossible to fulfill Canadian priorities and values abroad. The logic presented to us is that more money for defence equals more security for Canadians. This is simply not true.

  

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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The evening began with RCMP Cpl. Craig Kennedy's rendition of O Canada.
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Peter O'Brian, Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett and Steve Paikin.
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Rob Nicholson and former Liberal MP Sue Barnes.
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Conservative MP Dean Allison.
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Kevin Vickers and Conservative MP Ray Boughen.
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International Union of Operating Engineers' Steven Schumann and Canadian Labour's Nathan Rotman.
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House Deputy Speaker Joe Comartin.
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Mary Dawson, Senator David Smith, and Sharon Sholzberg-Gray.
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Senator Art Eggleton and Conservative MP Earl Dreeshen.
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Independent MP Brent Rathgeber in conversation with TVO's Steve Paikin.
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Andrew Cardozo, Pearson Centre president.
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Conservative MP Jay Aspin and Kevin Vickers.
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Lobbyist Leo Duguay.
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TVO host and author Steve Paikin gave an impassioned speech on what he's learned about the allure of public life.

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