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E.R. Campbell said:There is an opportunity, given Russia's renewed attention to the Arctic, for Prime Minister designate Trudeau to reorient Canada's foreign and defence policies in directions that may please more Canadians than did Prime Minister Harper's:
First: get out of thew Middle East ~ completely out;
Second: stay engaged in Eastern Europe with a mix of naval, land and air elements;
Third: focus more and more attention on the North ~
a. Commit to defined (larger) number of AOPS and to accelerating the construction of the CCGS John G Diefenbaker;
b. Increase the number, duration, frequency, intensity and, especially, visibility of Army exercises in the North;
c. Keep the promise to cancel the F-35 but commit to buying aircraft (fighter/interceptors and long range patrol) that will do better at maintaining sovereignty over the Arctic; and
d. Commit to an integrated space, air, terrestrial and underwater sensor/warning/communications system to give Canada near real time coverage of all the territory and contiguous waters (and maritime approaches) we claim as our own and the airspace over both.
While I agree that these are important policy issues, they have little or no interest to voters, so therefore will probably have little traction in political circles as well (no votes or links to buying votes). If only some grown ups who were ready to govern were in charge...