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Will Trudeau fill all Canada’s defence capability gaps?

By David Perry      

If DND doesn’t get another few billion dollars more each year, it can’t afford to maintain the status quo, let alone support a ‘Canada is Back’ foreign policy.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, centre, Public Services Minister Judy Foote, right, and Chief of Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance, left, announce the government's fighter-jet purchase plans in Ottawa on Nov. 22. Cpl. Mark Schombs photograph courtesy of DND

The Trudeau government’s announcement of its way forward on fighter jets can be taken as a positive indication of its attitude toward the military in general. Unhappy with former prime minister Stephen Harper’s ‘risk-management’ of Canada’s fighter commitments, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ministers are looking to buy an interim fleet of jets immediately, and are launching a competition to acquire a larger than previously planned fleet of fighters once the defence policy review is finished.

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Feds risk coveting support of autocratic nations in UN Security Council bid, says Conservative MP

News|By Neil Moss
Peter Kent says Canada's campaign for a seat on the UN Security Council is a 'possible, even, likely motivation' for a vote supporting a pro-Palestine, anti-Israel resolution last month in the UN General Assembly.

Veterans’ benefits lead in supplementary spending ask of nearly $5-billion

The estimates include $44-million for Phoenix damages, $131.9-million towards reconciliation on Indigenous rights and fisheries issues, and $9.9-million for the Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization.

Feds silence on funding, transition plan for child welfare law causing ‘intense nervousness and frustration’

Bill C-92 takes effect Jan. 1, bringing in new, stricter, and culturally sensitive standards to Indigenous child welfare decisions. 

‘The tail doesn’t wag the dog’: PSAC wants a deal of its own amid ongoing negotiations

News|By Mike Lapointe
The government is ‘disappointed’ PSAC rejected an offer in line with recent agreements signed by 34 other bargaining units, according to a Treasury Board spokesperson.

Premiers’ nuclear announcement a potential boon, but issues remain: experts

Energy experts say SMRs could be an environmentally friendly baseload option compared to intermittent sources like wind and solar.

Bloc Québécois faces unwieldy task of maintaining ‘eclectic coalition,’ say pollsters

News|By Beatrice Paez
'What Blanchet has said again and again is, ‘We’ll take a position in accordance with what’s in the best interest of Quebec,’ allowing him not to have to take a left or right stance more generally': Sébastien Dallaire.

Some defeated Conservatives want to back Scheer for their own ‘survival’ as future candidates

News|By Abbas Rana
Andrew Scheer ‘needs to demonstrate very quickly that he can garner the overwhelming backing of the party to move forward, or for the good of the party, he should step down,’ a Conservative MP told The Hill Times.

Sen. Sinclair, former head of Truth and Reconciliation Commission, running to lead Senate’s largest group

The former Truth and Reconciliation Commission chief is running to replace Sen. Yuen Pau Woo as the leader of the Independent Senators Group. 

‘Very close to a point of no return’: urgency of climate crisis top of mind for Canadian delegation heading to UN conference

News|By Mike Lapointe
Climate change played a prominent role in the Speech from the Throne last week, as Governor General Julie Payette says the government's promise to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 is 'ambitious, but necessary.'
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