December 14th, 2005, 03:56 AM
Join Date: June 30, 2004
Location: Van Island, BC
Originally Posted by serial-thrilla
cody that isent fair. invading a whole province because a leader who happends to live theyre has a belief that you disagree with.
I don't care if its fair or not
Originally Posted by CBC
A Conservative government would boost Canada's ability to project its values around the world with more military aircraft and a new airborne battalion, Leader Stephen Harper said on Tuesday.
Harper made the announcement at Trenton, Ont., where he said the new battalion and large strategic lift aircraft would be based. The Conservatives would also buy planes to replace the military's aging fleet of Hercules aircraft.
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Stephen Harper in Trenton, Ont., Tuesday.
"Hitchhikers get to their destination, but they don't get to pick the route or the timing," he said, referring to recent missions in which the Canadian military had to rely on U.S. or Russian aircraft.
Military spending over the next five years would increase by more than $5 billion compared to the plan set out by the Liberal government, Harper said. By 2010, he said, a Conservative government would be spending $1.8 billion more per year than the Liberals.
"The Canadian Forces deserve better than the neglect that they have seen for the past 12 years," he said.
Asked about his plan to create a new airborne battalion of 650 troops stationed in Trenton, Harper said he doesn't believe there's a stigma attached to the idea of airborne troops.
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The Airborne Regiment, which was based in Petawawa, was disbanded in 1995 following a 1993 deployment as peacekeepers to Somalia, during which Canadian soldiers beat a Somali teenager to death. not our finest hour
Harper said, "The government of the day disbanded the Airborne Regiment to avoid getting to the bottom of a particular incident."
The Conservatives also plan to double the capacity of the Disaster Assistance Response Team, which has been deployed around the world to help in relief efforts following natural disasters such as last year's tsunami and the earthquake this fall in Pakistan.
Critics have complained in the past that DART, an ad hoc team of about 200 Canadian Forces staff who can ship out quickly to conduct emergency relief operations for up to 40 days, is expensive to deploy.
Some have suggested the money would be better spent given to non-governmental organizations.
Conservative MP Helena Guergis said in October that sending DART to Pakistan would "waste millions on a photo-op instead of disaster relief."
Harper said the Conservatives believe strengthening the military is important to maintain the country's sovereignty, which he said means protecting the borders and dealing with domestic disasters. He also said, "We need strong Canadian Forces to project Canadian values abroad."
Canada would not send troops to Iraq if he were prime minister, he said.
"I have never believed that Canada had the capacity to participate in the Iraq conflict as a military intervenor," Harper said.
But he said his government might reconsider joining the U.S. missile defence plan, something the Liberals rejected.
Tuesday's announcements were only the beginning of the Conservative military spending package, he said.
Originally Posted by Harper
â€œCanada Firstâ€ Defence Plan includes strategic airlift, new airborne battalion and doubled disaster assistance
This morning in Trenton, Ontario, Stephen Harper announced that a new Conservative government will significantly increase defence spending as part of a â€œCanada Firstâ€ defence strategy. Part of the new strategy will involve enhancing Canadian sovereignty by acquiring strategic lift aircraft, creating a new airborne battalion and doubling of Canadaâ€™s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART).
Canadaâ€™s military has been significantly underfunded over the past 12 years, leading to a decline in our sovereign capacity to respond to emergencies whether at home or abroad. A Conservative government will increase defence spending significantly over the current baseline, with spending reaching $1.8 billion over currently projected levels by 2010-11.
â€œOur Forces stand on guard for us, both at home and around the world. So we must stand up for them,â€ said Mr. Harper. â€œThe men and women who put on the uniform of Canada must have the tools they need to protect themselves and do their job.â€
The Conservative â€œCanada Firstâ€ defence plan is designed to improve the effectiveness and rapid deployability of Canadian Forces, using CFB Trenton as a hub for aerial deployment. Measures will include:
Acquisition of a fleet of at least three strategic lift aircraft to be based at CFB Trenton;
Continued replacement of Canadaâ€™s tactical airlift fleet of C-130 Hercules aircraft and fixed wing search-and-rescue aircraft;
Creation of a new airborne battalion (650 regular force personnel), to be stationed at CFB Trenton and to be available for rapid deployment;
Doubling the size and capacity of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to enable enhanced international disaster relief capability.
The Conservative â€œCanada Firstâ€ plan will construct new defence capabilities as well as expand and transform existing capabilities in every region of Canada, for greater strength at home and greater confidence abroad.
A new Conservative government will defend our national interests through a stronger military that has the resources to protect Canadians at home and meet international obligations.
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