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Policy Briefing: Defence
Liberal Senator Mobina Jaffer, left, and Independent Senator André Pratte, right, are deputy chairs and Conservative Senator Percy Mockler, centre, is chair of the Senate National Finance Committee, which is set to hear from the auditor general’s office this week, according to Sen. Eaton, on its Nov. 20 report on fighter jet procurement. The Hill Times photograph by Jolson Lim

Answers needed on Canada’s fighter jet replacement

Timely replacement of Canada’s aging CF-18s is required. Yet, that’s now a long way off.
In the last fiscal year, eight per cent more women joined the Armed Forces, says the minister of national defence, but other targets are lagging.
Women make up 14 per cent of Canada’s deployment to Mali, which is higher than the UN average of four per cent of military troops.
We live in a dangerous world. Our intelligence and security agencies need a range of powers to protect us from threats we face, whether from terrorism, espionage, or interference with our democratic institutions.
News|Neil Moss
Canada's procurement projects range from the much talked about Canadian Surface Combatant to an upgrade to a mid-life upgrade of the CH-149 Cormorant search and rescue helicopter.
News|Neil Moss
Various scenarios are being explored to ensure the UN’s Mali mission has ‘continued support’ after Canada leaves, says Global Affairs.
The Liberals and senior military brass have pushed for more women, visible minorities, and Indigenous peoples to join the military, an institution in the midst of a cultural reset.
Do civilians know why we are in Mali, Latvia, or Kosovo today? Donald Trump’s tweets get more airtime than the activities of the Canadian Armed Forces serving in some 30 operations and missions across the globe.
By underfunding our military, the Liberal government is risking our support for NATO at a time when the alliance has never been more fragile or necessary.
We must do more to prevent any more needless deaths within the military. Changing Section 98(c) of the National Defence Act should help.
Canada’s presence in NATO is an essential means of promoting and protecting minority rights in the region.
Opinion|, David Perry
Last year, DND actually spent most of its procurement money; hopefully the same will occur this year.
The Liberal government’s fundamental flaw is that it has sought to oversee a fair competition where none is possible.

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