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Stories by Scott Taylor

It’s time to dangle more than financial carrots to keep our fighter pilots

Opinion|By Scott Taylor
I understand the operational necessity of having our fighter aircraft stationed in northern outposts. However, the question begs, do our pilots and their families need to be permanently based there?
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
To be blunt, the only thing that outweighs the absurdity of the official White House statement on the new travel restrictions is the hypocrisy.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
In two recent instances of media requests for comment, Irving Shipbuilding overreacted and behaved like a schoolyard bully instead of simply providing requested information to the government.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The Beechwood National Memorial Centre is the final resting place of 27 Afghanistan veterans, the highest concentration of fallen warriors from that conflict in any Canadian cemetery.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The root causes of the ongoing violent strife in Iraq will not be rectified by training thousands more young Iraqi males how to kill.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Former Maple Leafs player Dave ‘Tiger’ Williams denied the accusations against him.
The Armed Forces has clearly defined guidelines on how weapons should be carried on parade—and they need to followed.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The stories of Omar Khadr, a Lebanese mechanic who fixed trucks for ISIS, and a U.S. soldier who allegedly killed Iraqi civilians are all getting very different treatment.
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Opinion|By Scott Taylor
If the true rule of the jungle is that ‘might is right,’ then let’s start being honest with ourselves and quit the hypocritical moral posturing.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
I dare say that it is a slippery slope once you start making allowances to accommodate individual tastes in an institution whose core value is disciplined conformity.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
There have been a few wins, but over the past seven decades, NATO has had a less-than-stellar record as a purveyor of world peace.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The multi-million-dollar settlement the government paid to Khadr ignited valid howls of outrage, but what’s the dollar value of the lost youth of a 15-year-old boy soldier?
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
With Canada condemning the annual parade, hopefully it will follow through on its commitment to see a more ‘inclusive Latvia.’
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The Quebec engineering company’s desire to gain lucrative contracts in Gaddafi’s Libya led to the fraud and corruption charges it sought to have dealt with through a deferred prosecution agreement.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Both cases begin with information being leaked to the media and stem from allegations that major corporations tried to use political clout to find favour with the Trudeau government.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Despite Jody Wilson-Raybould’s courage, it’s incredible that everyone involved in this saga seems to have lost sight of the elephant in the room.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Whatever the reality, this is not something Canada should be entering into with the same old shop-worn cliché that we are doing this for the Venezuelan people.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
That can impact foreign policy. How else can one explain allowing our allies to stage parades and name streets after perpetrators of the worst crime against humanity?
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Critics scoffed in 2006 when then-NDP leader Jack Layton said we should try negotiating with the Taliban. Thirteen years later, that’s exactly what the Americans are doing.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The lawyer for the former second-in-command of the military says the alleged use of code names to thwart document searches about him is ‘like a spider’s web.’
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Canadian Brig.-Gen. Jay Janzen and I agree on that, at least. But who decides what’s credible is another question.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
An al-Qaeda leader’s death should also prompt introspection about the Western world’s role in propping up a corrupt Afghanistan regime.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Ukraine’s embrace of a nationalist hero with Nazi connections doesn't show the type of Canadian values our military trainers were sent to defend.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Following the U.S. president’s decision to have American troops leave Syria, Canada ought to do the same for its military personnel in Iraq. We have no skin in the game.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
If one Canadian Armed Forces witness is right, the former vice-chief of defence staff’s case could point to a dangerous circumvention of access-to-information rules in DND.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The Russian president upsets the West when he takes territory abroad or interferes with elections or conflicts in other countries, but the U.S. and its allies have been doing these things for years.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The battle to save Afghanistan has yet to be fought and the Taliban remain a very clear and present danger.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
It would be foolhardy for NATO to heed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s request for warships to escalate the tension in the Sea of Azov.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Last week’s AG report notes: 'The department stated that it needed more qualified technicians and pilots, not more fighter aircraft.' Yet, the government is buying 25 used fighter jets.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Canada’s decision not to join another British military mission in Turkey in 1922 was arguably a more significant formative event.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
If more historical focus were directed at messier chapters in Canada’s past, it would be easier to understand similar failures by today’s governments.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The poor understanding of Canadian players including ex-MP and ambassador Chris Alexander is why Canada’s role ought to be investigated.

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