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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.
 
All reserve Regiments less then 70% TES in 5 years reduced to coy strength and amalgamated. Done
Not sure about everywhere else but every unit in my CBG has been tactically grouped. COs and RSMs halved.

Still don’t have ammo and still don’t have equipment despite some people thinking that was the solution…
 
Not sure about everywhere else but every unit in my CBG has been tactically grouped. COs and RSMs halved.

Still don’t have ammo and still don’t have equipment despite some people thinking that was the solution…
Under the new plans for the ARes under F2025/2030, units under a certain strength will get taken over by their parents brigades.
 
All reserve Regiments less then 70% TES in 5 years reduced to coy strength and amalgamated. Done

If only that's where all the savings were located.

A better way to save $ would be for the Reg F to adopt the ARes model ;)
 
Also a lot of ‘admin’ positions built around additional headquarters that command basically nothing.

Or three fully equipped smaller services?

I don’t see why the Army has 4 poorly equipped Reg Force Bde’s and 10 basically non equipped Res Bde’s.

Maybe 3 Army Bde’s - 1 100% Regular, 1 70% Regular and 30% PRes, and 1 30% Regular and 70% PRes?

As well the RCAF should be able to have PRes Aviation, Transport and Fighter squadrons.

Unsure what can be done with the Navy in terms of Reg/Res
Agreed. You can come up with a great deal of possible combinations. The kicker is whatever the CDS comes up with, it must satisfy the tasks assigned to the military, meet the agreed stipulations to existing military treaties and even more difficult, to satisfy a gov't that doesn't understand national security and national defence and what CAF can and cannot do.
 
Which to me means the Requirement Document was flawed in at least two areas:
1) disqualifying the J-Herc from submission
2) Allowing the 295 in.
J Herc wasn't disqualified, LockMart chose not to bid it.
 
J Herc wasn't disqualified, LockMart chose not to bid it.
Based on the parameters of the solicitation the Herc doesn’t appear to be compliant.

It appears to have been written for a dual engine airframe, and the size/weight where above the requirement as well.

So maybe disqualified was a poor word on my part, non compliant would have been better. Generally most companies won’t submit non compliant bids to go through the effort to just get thrown out.


The C-27 Spartan appears to have been the ‘role model’ for the requirement, which is much akin to a baby JHerc.
 
Based on the parameters of the solicitation the Herc doesn’t appear to be compliant.

It appears to have been written for a dual engine airframe, and the size/weight where above the requirement as well.

So maybe disqualified was a poor word on my part, non compliant would have been better. Generally most companies won’t submit non compliant bids to go through the effort to just get thrown out.


The C-27 Spartan appears to have been the ‘role model’ for the requirement, which is much akin to a baby JHerc.
so how long before we finally give up on the 295 and go shopping again or do we continue to make do with decades old H models? I have noted before that the C390 meets all the requirements and is now a viable a/c so unlike Bombardier and the ASW proposal it would be worthy of consideration. There must be a task somewhere that the 295 can perform or maybe we should just sell them to a country with the geography that is compatible.
 
so how long before we finally give up on the 295 and go shopping again or do we continue to make do with decades old H models? I have noted before that the C390 meets all the requirements and is now a viable a/c so unlike Bombardier and the ASW proposal it would be worthy of consideration. There must be a task somewhere that the 295 can perform or maybe we should just sell them to a country with the geography that is compatible.
Maybe park a line of them behind a CC-150 without chocks? 🤔
 
so how long before we finally give up on the 295 and go shopping again or do we continue to make do with decades old H models? I have noted before that the C390 meets all the requirements and is now a viable a/c so unlike Bombardier and the ASW proposal it would be worthy of consideration. There must be a task somewhere that the 295 can perform or maybe we should just sell them to a country with the geography that is compatible.
Donate them to Ukraine?

The C390 seems a little large for the FWSAR role to me, as it seems to be basically a turbo fan version of a Herc, even stall speeds seem to be similar (5MPH higher for the 390 but the difference of 120 vice 115 isn’t really much when dispatching from an AC, or searching).

Other than the cruising (and max) speed benefits of the C390, why add another fleet when you could get more J-Hercs?

Again I’m not a pilot, but if not JHercs the C27J Spartan seems to be a better fit, as it’s got a lot of common features of the Herc, and that appears to be its main selling point, as the JHerc’s little brother (albeit not made by LocMart.
 
Written by an outsider to the program who is simply repeating what lobbyists from the losing airframe have been saying for years.

None of the "safety" issues that he mentioned are valid. The airplane is flying daily, it has dispatched SARTechs, it has flown in light/moderate icing. It's avionics are the best in the entire RCAF - it has flown to the geographic north pole (something the J Herc was not able to do for decades).

It's superior in every way to the CC-115 and CC-130H that it will replace. The J-SAR option is essentially a pickup truck, it has zero sensor fusion - it is a relatively modern airframe conducting SAR ops from the 1980s.
 
Written by an outsider to the program who is simply repeating what lobbyists from the losing airframe have been saying for years.

None of the "safety" issues that he mentioned are valid. The airplane is flying daily, it has dispatched SARTechs, it has flown in light/moderate icing. It's avionics are the best in the entire RCAF - it has flown to the geographic north pole (something the J Herc was not able to do for decades).

It's superior in every way to the CC-115 and CC-130H that it will replace. The J-SAR option is essentially a pickup truck, it has zero sensor fusion - it is a relatively modern airframe conducting SAR ops from the 1980s.
Great!

When is IOC, again?
 
Interesting report but I noted a lot of the increase is based on perception of the people in regard to touching and a good bit is while everyone is drinking. If you are all drinking in a crowd and people are pushing through was that touch sexual or just because you are in a crowd and they have to push through? Not dismissing the report but do think a grain of salt is needed with it. A case that happened years ago - man walking on sidewalk with arms swinging back and forth passes a woman going the opposite way. Contact is made, complaint is made of sexual assault. Accusation was that he touched her butt. Question was did his hand accidently hit her on the back swing? How many of these cases were along the same lines?
 
Interesting report but I noted a lot of the increase is based on perception of the people in regard to touching and a good bit is while everyone is drinking. If you are all drinking in a crowd and people are pushing through was that touch sexual or just because you are in a crowd and they have to push through? Not dismissing the report but do think a grain of salt is needed with it. A case that happened years ago - man walking on sidewalk with arms swinging back and forth passes a woman going the opposite way. Contact is made, complaint is made of sexual assault. Accusation was that he touched her butt. Question was did his hand accidently hit her on the back swing? How many of these cases were along the same lines?

Breakdown by level 1 is interesting; the problem space at first glance appears to be profoundly skewed towards the senior service.
 
I can't help but think this story was push by the MO to deflect from the reports of the poor state of the RCN and the lack of ammunition for the army?

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters on Tuesday that she “absolutely” agrees “we need to do more.”

“I do want all Canadian women in uniform to know we recognize the challenge, we recognize the pain and the fear, and we are totally committed to supporting them,” she said.

I guess the males who where the victims are shit out of luck...
 
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters on Tuesday that she “absolutely” agrees “we need to do more.”

“I do want all Canadian women in uniform to know we recognize the challenge, we recognize the pain and the fear, and we are totally committed to supporting them,” she said.

I guess the males who where the victims are shit out of luck...

Well, the Prime Minister is a self-avowed feminist so there is that ;)

justin trudeau world GIF
 
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