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Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

Canada says it will look at increasing its defence spending and tacked on 10 more Russian names to an ever growing sanctions list.

By Tonda MacCharles
Ottawa Bureau
Mon., March 7, 2022

Riga, LATVIA—On the 13th day of the brutal Russian bid to claim Ukraine as its own, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is showing up at the Latvian battle group led by Canadian soldiers, waving the Maple Leaf and a vague hint at more money for the military.

Canada has been waving the NATO flag for nearly seven years in Latvia as a bulwark against Russia’s further incursions in Eastern Europe.

Canada stepped up to lead one of NATO’s four battle groups in 2015 — part of the defensive alliance’s display of strength and solidarity with weaker member states after Russia invaded Ukraine and seized the Crimean peninsula in 2014. Trudeau arrived in the Latvian capital late Monday after meetings in the U.K. with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Earlier Monday, faced with a seemingly unstoppable war in Ukraine, Trudeau said he will look at increasing Canada’s defence spending. Given world events, he said there are “certainly reflections to have.”

And Canada tacked on 10 more Russian names to an ever-growing sanctions list.

The latest round of sanctions includes names Trudeau said were identified by jailed Russian opposition leader and Putin nemesis Alexei Navalny.

However, on a day when Trudeau cited the new sanctions, and Johnson touted new measures meant to expose Russian property owners in his country, Rutte admitted sanctions are not working.

Yet they all called for more concerted international efforts over the long haul, including more economic measures and more humanitarian aid, with Johnson and Rutte divided over how quickly countries need to get off Russian oil and gas.

The 10 latest names on Canada’s target list do not include Roman Abramovich — a Russian billionaire Navalny has been flagging to Canada since at least 2017. Canada appears to have sanctioned about 20 of the 35 names on Navalny’s list.

The Conservative opposition says the Liberal government is not yet exerting maximum pressure on Putin, and should do more to bolster Canadian Forces, including by finally approving the purchase of fighter jets.

Foreign affairs critic Michael Chong said in an interview that Ottawa must still sanction “additional oligarchs close to President Putin who have significant assets in Canada.”

Abramovich owns more than a quarter of the public shares in steelmaking giant Evraz, which has operations in Alberta and Saskatchewan and has supplied most of the steel for the government-owned Trans Mountain pipeline project.

Evraz’s board of directors also includes two more Russians the U.S. government identified as “oligarchs” in 2019 — Aleksandr Abramov and Aleksandr Frolov — and its Canadian operations have received significant support from the federal government.

That includes at least $27 million in emergency wage subsidies during the pandemic, as well as $7 million through a fund meant to help heavy-polluters reduce emissions that cause climate change, according to the company’s most recent annual report.

In addition to upping defence spending, the Conservatives want NORAD’s early warning system upgraded, naval shipbuilding ramped up and Arctic security bolstered.

In London, Johnson sat down with Trudeau and Rutte at the Northolt airbase. Their morning meetings had a rushed feel, with Johnson starting to usher press out before Trudeau spoke. His office said later that the British PM couldn’t squeeze the full meeting in at 10 Downing Street because Johnson’s “diary” was so busy that day. The three leaders held an afternoon news conference at 10 Downing.

But before that Trudeau met with the Queen, saying she was “insightful” and they had a “useful, for me anyway, conversation about global affairs.”

Trudeau meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Tuesday in Latvia.

The prime minister will also meet with three Baltic leaders, the prime ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, in the Latvian capital of Riga.

The Liberals announced they would increase the 500 Canadian Forces in Latvia by another 460 troops. The Canadians are leading a multinational battle group, one of four that are part of NATO’s deployments in the region.

Another 3,400 Canadians could be deployed to the region in the months to come, on standby for NATO orders.

But Canada’s shipments of lethal aid to Ukraine were slow to come in the view of the Conservatives, and the Ukrainian Canadian community.

And suddenly Western allies are eyeing each other’s defence commitments.

At the Downing Street news conference, Rutte noted the Netherlands will increase its defence budget to close to two per cent of GDP. Germany has led the G7, and doubled its defence budget in the face of Putin’s invasion and threats. Johnson said the U.K. defence spending is about 2.4 per cent and declined to comment on Canada’s defence spending which is 1.4 per cent of GDP.

But Johnson didn’t hold back.

“What we can’t do, post the invasion of Ukraine is assume that we go back to a kind of status quo ante, a kind of new normalization in the way that we did after the … seizure of Crimea and the Donbas area,” Johnson said. “We’ve got to recognize that things have changed and that we need a new focus on security and I think that that is kind of increasingly understood by everybody.”

Trudeau stood by his British and Dutch counterparts and pledged Canada would do more.

He defended his government’s record, saying Ottawa is gradually increasing spending over the next decade by 70 per cent. Then Trudeau admitted more might be necessary.

“We also recognize that context is changing rapidly around the world and we need to make sure that women and men have certainty and our forces have all the equipment necessary to be able to stand strongly as we always have. As members of NATO. We will continue to look at what more we can do.”

The three leaders — Johnson, a conservative and Trudeau and Rutte, progressive liberals — in a joint statement said they “will continue to impose severe costs on Russia.”

Arriving for the news conference from Windsor Castle, Trudeau had to detour to enter Downing Street as loud so-called Freedom Convoy protesters bellowed from outside the gate. They carried signs marked “Tuck Frudeau” and “Free Tamara” (Lich).

Protester Jeff Wyatt who said he has no Canadian ties told the Star he came to stand up for Lich and others who were leading a “peaceful protest” worldwide against government “lies” about COVID-19 and what he called Trudeau’s “tyranny.”

Elsewhere in London, outside the Russian embassy, other protesters and passersby reflected on what they said was real tyranny — the Russian attack on Ukraine. “I think we should be as tough as possible to get this stopped, as tough as possible,” said protester Clive Martinez.
 

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The first Western military to succumb to an attack from within

What happens to a country when its military can no longer defend it? That is the question Canadians should be asking right now. The Canadian Armed Forces (caf) is facing an existential crisis.

How did Canada become the first major Western nation to have a military that can’t fulfill its primary reason for existence? There are a myriad of factors at play, but the most important to realize is that it was a deliberate agenda to collapse the Canadian Armed Forces.


Just want to add here - I am NOT a follower, subscriber to this 'Tumpter' - I'm just putting this here as another source to what others believe is occuring to the CAF.
 

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The first Western military to succumb to an attack from within

What happens to a country when its military can no longer defend it? That is the question Canadians should be asking right now. The Canadian Armed Forces (caf) is facing an existential crisis.

How did Canada become the first major Western nation to have a military that can’t fulfill its primary reason for existence? There are a myriad of factors at play, but the most important to realize is that it was a deliberate agenda to collapse the Canadian Armed Forces.


Just want to add here - I am NOT a follower, subscriber to this 'Tumpter' - I'm just putting this here as another source to what others believe is occuring to the CAF.

That was an interesting article, until it went all religious.
 

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That was an interesting article, until it went all religious.
so stop reading when you come to those paragraphs. the initial arguments should be considered seriously without allowing your biases (justified or otherwise) to cause us to discard them as right wing propaganda.
 

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That was an interesting article, until it went all religious.

And 'Communist Conspiracy' theorist... FFS... journalism like this needs to be treated as toxic waste:


"This is the motivation behind what is happening in the caf. Not all leaders are Communists, but many in top positions are. Mr. Armstrong explained in a 1968 Plain Truth: “It injects trained Communists into many movements and societies—themselves not Communist—and subtly influences them into moves and actions that secretly are Communist-planned and directed. Yet the officers, and most members of such organizations are not, themselves, Communist and do not realize they are being used.” The culture change in the caf, and its radical reorganization, is following this pattern."
 

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so stop reading when you come to those paragraphs. the initial arguments should be considered seriously without allowing your biases (justified or otherwise) to cause us to discard them as right wing propaganda.
There are valid points in the first half of the article.

I don't think its a carefully orchestrated effort to collapse the CAF by the Liberals. I believe the Liberals are too incompetent to plan and execute something like that. I think its more a "Defence? WHo really fucking cares" attitude by the LPC
 

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so stop reading when you come to those paragraphs. the initial arguments should be considered seriously without allowing your biases (justified or otherwise) to cause us to discard them as right wing propaganda.

You ok bub ? Need a dart and a good scream ? Let'er out.
 

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And 'Communist Conspiracy' theorist... FFS... journalism like this needs to be treated as toxic waste:


"This is the motivation behind what is happening in the caf. Not all leaders are Communists, but many in top positions are. Mr. Armstrong explained in a 1968 Plain Truth: “It injects trained Communists into many movements and societies—themselves not Communist—and subtly influences them into moves and actions that secretly are Communist-planned and directed. Yet the officers, and most members of such organizations are not, themselves, Communist and do not realize they are being used.” The culture change in the caf, and its radical reorganization, is following this pattern."

Agreed. Ridiculous.
 

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There are valid points in the first half of the article.

I don't think its a carefully orchestrated effort to collapse the CAF by the Liberals. I believe the Liberals are too incompetent to plan and execute something like that. I think its more a "Defence? WHo really fucking cares" attitude by the LPC
To be completely honest you could include the rest of political parties as well. Sadly it has pretty much been the case through out Canadian history.
 

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And 'Communist Conspiracy' theorist... FFS... journalism like this needs to be treated as toxic waste:


"This is the motivation behind what is happening in the caf. Not all leaders are Communists, but many in top positions are. Mr. Armstrong explained in a 1968 Plain Truth: “It injects trained Communists into many movements and societies—themselves not Communist—and subtly influences them into moves and actions that secretly are Communist-planned and directed. Yet the officers, and most members of such organizations are not, themselves, Communist and do not realize they are being used.” The culture change in the caf, and its radical reorganization, is following this pattern."
Communists…facists…
 

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To be completely honest you could include the rest of political parties as well. Sadly it has pretty much been the case through out Canadian history.
I agree that all parties have been responsible for the decline of our military. However, with the possible exception of Louis St. Laurent’s government, the Liberals deserve the most blame for the state we’re in. The Conservatives have been marginally better.
 

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And 'Communist Conspiracy' theorist... FFS... journalism like this needs to be treated as toxic waste:


"This is the motivation behind what is happening in the caf. Not all leaders are Communists, but many in top positions are. Mr. Armstrong explained in a 1968 Plain Truth: “It injects trained Communists into many movements and societies—themselves not Communist—and subtly influences them into moves and actions that secretly are Communist-planned and directed. Yet the officers, and most members of such organizations are not, themselves, Communist and do not realize they are being used.” The culture change in the caf, and its radical reorganization, is following this pattern."
Holy Red Scare, Batman…
 

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There are valid points in the first half of the article.

I don't think its a carefully orchestrated effort to collapse the CAF by the Liberals. I believe the Liberals are too incompetent to plan and execute something like that. I think its more a "Defence? WHo really fucking cares" attitude by the LPC
"Defence? Who really fucking cares" attitude by the people of Canada. FTFY
 

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Never ascribe to conspiracy what can be explained by spontaneous order emerging from the individually applied biases of people abusing position and/or authority.
 

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Never ascribe to conspiracy what can be explained by spontaneous order emerging from the individually applied biases of people abusing position and/or authority.

Like those scary EAs ;)

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