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

justin trudeau world GIF
except when they tell him no and then it becomes a matter of a different perception
 
except when they tell him no and then it becomes a matter of a different perception
It's not gender specific. All one needs to do is disagree with him........then go to stores and get your body armour and update your CV. There is no winning with an authoritarian. In minor cases you may get away with chopping off your finger, but mostly it requires seppuku.
 
Interested Canadians and their Allies are still waiting for the Defence Policy update that was announced in the Canadian Federal Budget 2022

In Budget 2022 the Government of Canada committed to conduct a review of our defence policy Strong, Secure, Engaged (SSE) in order to update it for a world that has become less secure and less predictable.

I think that we already know what this gov't will say. It will make noise about the following:
  • the current unstable international environment
  • climate change threats
  • indirect and direct threats to Canada's interest, national defence and security
  • make grandiose statements about upgrading and improving the CAF's ability to deter these threats
  • make grand announcements about capital equipment purchases that are already in place: J35 fighters; NSSP; Aurora replacement - Boeing buy; Armoured Combat Support Vehicle (ACSV); Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) and so forth
  • reforming national procurement program to make more responsive (this actually has been going on since I first heard Mr. Alan Williams talk about it when he was ADM(MAT in 1999 until 2005(?).
  • solve the recruiting and retention crisis
  • solve the sexual harassment problem
  • make grandiose statements like Canada's strong commitment to national defence, NORAD and NATO
    • participation to train and equipment UKR
    • participation in Latvia
    • rearmament of the CAF to replace weapons, vehicles and material donated to UKR
    • NORAD modernization funding
It then will make further statements like future equipment requirements (long range patrol submarine, development of war stocks / reserves and so forth) without attaching any commitment (political or financial) or intention to buy. This will be hidden in political speak to make like the gov't will buy, much like the language it uses for reaching 2% of GDP for defence spending.

Bottom line:
  • no massive increase in baseline funding
  • no significant procurement policy / regulation changes to make the system more responsive and effective unless the gov't orders TSB to find solutions
  • no massive increase in the modernization and the rearmament of the CAF
  • no major investment to personnel to resolve recruitng, retention and quality of life challenges
 
A petty individual who has never been told "NO JUSTIN YOU CANNOT GET HANDSY WITH YOUNG WOMEN". We have a word for guys like him here and they are segregated for a reason.
Sophie probably also had a word for guys like him, but then remembered she had a mug in her hand and just said..."Ah, fuck it!"
 
Interested Canadians and their Allies are still waiting for the Defence Policy update that was announced in the Canadian Federal Budget 2022



I think that we already know what this gov't will say. It will make noise about the following:
  • the current unstable international environment
  • climate change threats
  • indirect and direct threats to Canada's interest, national defence and security
  • make grandiose statements about upgrading and improving the CAF's ability to deter these threats
  • make grand announcements about capital equipment purchases that are already in place: J35 fighters; NSSP; Aurora replacement - Boeing buy; Armoured Combat Support Vehicle (ACSV); Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) and so forth
  • reforming national procurement program to make more responsive (this actually has been going on since I first heard Mr. Alan Williams talk about it when he was ADM(MAT in 1999 until 2005(?).
  • solve the recruiting and retention crisis
  • solve the sexual harassment problem
  • make grandiose statements like Canada's strong commitment to national defence, NORAD and NATO
    • participation to train and equipment UKR
    • participation in Latvia
    • rearmament of the CAF to replace weapons, vehicles and material donated to UKR
    • NORAD modernization funding
It then will make further statements like future equipment requirements (long range patrol submarine, development of war stocks / reserves and so forth) without attaching any commitment (political or financial) or intention to buy. This will be hidden in political speak to make like the gov't will buy, much like the language it uses for reaching 2% of GDP for defence spending.

Bottom line:
  • no massive increase in baseline funding
  • no significant procurement policy / regulation changes to make the system more responsive and effective unless the gov't orders TSB to find solutions
  • no massive increase in the modernization and the rearmament of the CAF
  • no major investment to personnel to resolve recruitng, retention and quality of life challenges
Does anyone have a window into how much of a headless chicken affair writing / developing / etc. the Update is?

Second, feels like a commitment to tanks would be a tell that someone's actually paying attention to the file.
 
We have so far increased production of 155mm by 2k a month. Not bad, Interesting bit that we found that howitzer ammo in Ukraine isn't 100% interchangeable

To put that into context...from the article:
There is a movement afoot to invest significantly in the munition supply program, to ramp up our production of 155 ammunition in particular, to the point that we are working with the United States to establish a North American industrial base, to augment what the Americans are doing. I can’t say much more than that, but we have already made one investment. We were producing 3,000 rounds a month, we’re now up to 5,000 rounds a month, and we’re looking at going well beyond that.
Meanwhile in the real world...

Amid their counteroffensive, Ukrainian guns are firing up to 6,000 rounds daily, Ukrainian MP Oleksandra Ustinova told CNN, but the military wants to shoot more than 10,000. Even that is a fraction of the 60,000 shells that Russia was using at the peak of its barrages this year, per an Estonian and Ukrainian government analysis.
 
Hmm. Firing up a North America manufacturing base for 155 shells.

Just when Ukraine is complaining about a shortage.🫤
 

MGen Dundon may be content with the CA ammunition situation but I don’t think it’s the correct assessment nor does much of the army.

There is some good news in the article about how we could do procurement if we allow it and follow through but there is some concerning items as well. 84mm Carl G for example, why would you be looking at other manufacturers and other systems when you could just order 2000 new M4s with Aimpoint FCS?

In terms of M777 and Leo I just see indecision and paralysis on the part of the CA and the CAF.
The UK has already started to replace donated artillery with Swedish Archers and are experimenting with them.
 
For MSVS replacement, the smart move would be just buy 5 ton FMTVs, since those are basically the same as the HLVW, and have an armour package.

So obviously we won't do that.
No but we have - the CAF and GoC that is - have other more urgent priorities. Readiness is not one of them, nor is properly equipping the military.
 
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